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

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July 12, 2012
Not without its qualities, the movie ultimately does a disservice to the very people it purports to represent.
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.
July 14, 2011
A film dealing with the Holocaust really should be a little less clumsily executed, manipulative and contrived than this.
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.
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
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!
March 13, 2009
The picture is blatantly obvious, pandering, and rather insulting.
December 18, 2008
While effective in spots, the abrupt, powerful ending would have worked better as a short story.
December 10, 2008
Herman has the unenviable task of presenting a challenging and delicate topic like the Holocaust honestly, while at the same time delivering his tale in a kid-friendly way.
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.
November 26, 2008
Making a parable out of the Holocaust is a dicey proposition, and here the emotional tugs are so forced that it exploits and trivializes the historical tragedy it claims to be trying to illuminate.
November 21, 2008
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas fails to illuminate history. Instead, it raises questions about the project itself. As in, who thought this was a good idea?
November 21, 2008
I found the movie impossibly basic and sanitized as a 'never again' parable of the Final Solution -- and simply wrongheaded as a story about children.
November 21, 2008
The tropes of the heartwarming indie kids movie get thrown together with the tropes of the low-voltage, war-at-home war drama, and the result is muddled but undeniably affecting
November 21, 2008
A beautifully photographed film that hammers home its point (people are essentially good, Nazis are evil) repeatedly and simplistically.
November 20, 2008
Writer-director Mark Herman, working from the novel by John Boyne, has created a smart-looking film, but one in which the only thing we learn about the Holocaust is that children were its victims, too.
November 14, 2008
Unfortunately, the film's compelling ideas get buried in sloppy filmmaking.
November 14, 2008
Tries so hard to achieve ironic detachment from its subject matter that it's unlikely to connect with anyone moved by Life Is Beautiful.
November 14, 2008
The mother's sudden recognition of her husband's Nazi activities is rendered with big music and zoomy close-ups, in the end, less enlightening than melodramatic.
November 14, 2008
...unusually offensive on a couple of levels.
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