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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) Reviews

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Dan Jardine
July 12, 2012
Not without its qualities, the movie ultimately does a disservice to the very people it purports to represent.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
[Director] Mark Herman knows how to milk the melodrama from every scene, but viewers may feel a little icky about the experience.
| Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
A film dealing with the Holocaust really should be a little less clumsily executed, manipulative and contrived than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
August 14, 2009
Built upon a powerful but gimmicky end, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas would make a fine short. As a full-length feature, though, the pajamas wear thin quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
The result isn't a deep film, but rather a profound one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
May 1, 2009
We are left in no doubt about the brutality of what's going on there but it's almost entirely off-screen. Still, the film is terribly confronting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Derek Adams
Time Out Sydney
April 24, 2009
This writer can't remember witnessing a harder-hitting kids' movie denouement than the one that closes this microcosm of middle-class German family life in WWII.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 24, 2009
Much of the film depends on our ability to suspend disbelief and see the world as Bruno sees it. It has a finale designed to shock.
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
April 24, 2009
You may get halfway through and wonder why it's getting so heavily recommended here. Once you've experienced it in its entirety, you'll know why.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
April 24, 2009
For me, the pluses far outweighed any misgivings I had with this ultimately very moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 18, 2009
The story is passable, albeit a little too manufactured for my taste in terms of its moral lessons, but the execution is so stilted and unconvincing that the experience is uncomfortable
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 18, 2009
The power of this story and the way director Mark Herman tells it through the innocent eyes of an eight year old boy overcome all the hurdles with its child-like simplicity that clutches our hearts
Mark R. Leeper
March 30, 2009
The novel was written for young adults and the film feels like it pulls its punches. The final horrifying revelation is still a long way from the painful realities of those days.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
March 23, 2009
When the time comes for resolution, writer/ director Mark Herman suddenly delivers the unexpected; he does not sell out.
| Original Score: 77/100
Kam Williams
March 14, 2009
Why do the all the Nazis here have British accents? How confusing is that? An unintentionally-comical cross of Hogan's Heroes and Springtime for Hitler!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 13, 2009
The picture is blatantly obvious, pandering, and rather insulting.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 9, 2009
The inevitability of the loss of innocence and tragedy is a heavy burden for the audience to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
December 19, 2008
A harrowing, unforgettable film. I highly recommend it.
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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 18, 2008
While effective in spots, the abrupt, powerful ending would have worked better as a short story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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