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Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
November 7, 2008
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas may seek to provoke uneasy questions about humanity, but it goes about it in a way that places the film's own moral accountability on very shaky ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 5, 2008
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas should be heartbreaking, but it isn't. The muted quality of its impact is the result of narrative shortcuts and a desire to keep the images from being too startling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 7, 2008
When Bruno makes an effort to set things right, the film goes powerfully wrong.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 4, 2008
At once too historically removed from its subject and too hysterically committed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
November 7, 2008
What strikes me as entirely bogus is the notion, expressed in the movie's taglines, that this narrative can be interpreted as hopeful or positive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 7, 2008
It tosses over all that finely drawn narrative caution and goes straight for the sensational, swinging its attention on Bruno's distraught mother and the breakdown of a single German family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 14, 2008
Unfortunately, the film's compelling ideas get buried in sloppy filmmaking.
| Original Score: 2/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
November 21, 2008
A beautifully photographed film that hammers home its point (people are essentially good, Nazis are evil) repeatedly and simplistically.
| Original Score: 2/4
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
September 15, 2008
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas appears to be a little conflicted: it desperately wants the viewer to care about Bruno and Shmuel, yet the fact that this is a story not reality... places it, and the viewer, at arm's length.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 27, 2008
While I can't say the film had much emotional impact on me -- I get the point, but it's sloppily executed -- it's definitely an unusual attempt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
November 7, 2008
the Hollywood melodrama is grating enough that it may be worth skipping altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 41/100
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
November 7, 2008
The faux-naive point of view probably worked better in the novel; the literalness of film renders certain of the story's conceits ... overly precious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 7, 2008
See the Holocaust trivialized, glossed over, kitsched up, commercially exploited and hijacked for a tragedy about a Nazi family. Better yet and in all sincerity: don't.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 12, 2008
Contemptible awards-bait... The Holocaust deserves far more than this prim Masterpiece Theater treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 7, 2008
When it comes to the Holocaust, contrivance is neither welcome nor necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
November 6, 2008
Use[s] children stumbling into shamelessly manipulative tragedies to make its thuddingly obvious points.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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