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

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Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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
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
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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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 12, 2008
Constrói um desfecho mergulhado em dor e terror, lembrando-nos de que, no final das contas, são nossos filhos quem pagam - e caro %u2013 pelos erros de julgamento que cometemos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jackie K. Cooper
December 2, 2008
A movie so horrific it haunts your dreams but so fascinating you can't turn your eyes away from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
November 28, 2008
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas reminds us that when youthful minds are still being shaped, they can be poisoned by the evil of the adults they admire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
Even in its lighter moments, the picture never downplays the horror of the situation, and the devastating ending is potent enough to affect even those viewers who write it off as nothing more than a sensationalist stunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
November 25, 2008
Poignant and devastatingly sad - but over-the-top manipulative.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
November 21, 2008
[What] might easily have been turned into a terrible and tasteless Boy's Adventure in the Holocaust movie... is, instead, a film that you won't soon forget.
| Original Score: 4/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 21, 2008
The resulting film nicely captures the banality of evil -- at least until overplaying its hand.
| Original Score: 3/4
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