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

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May 13, 2009
The result isn't a deep film, but rather a profound one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
March 23, 2009
When the time comes for resolution, writer/ director Mark Herman suddenly delivers the unexpected; he does not sell out.
Read More | Original Score: 77/100
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+
December 19, 2008
A harrowing, unforgettable film. I highly recommend it.
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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
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
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
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
November 25, 2008
Poignant and devastatingly sad - but over-the-top manipulative.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 21, 2008
The resulting film nicely captures the banality of evil -- at least until overplaying its hand.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
Those problems won't concern anyone caught up, perhaps for the first time, in a story that has the potential to rend any hearts that remain open to it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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