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

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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.
May 13, 2009
The result isn't a deep film, but rather a profound one.
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.
November 14, 2008
In truth, the film is sure to stop the hearts of many who see it. There may indeed be hope in hell, but better to avoid hell altogether.
November 14, 2008
Because its gaze is so level and so unyielding, it stands as one of the better dramatic films made on this subject (although it's not nearly as fine as Louis Malle's Au Revoir les Enfants, in which the camps remain a distant abstraction).
November 13, 2008
Although it's told from the perspective of a child, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is as shattering as any film about the Holocaust could be, perhaps more so.
November 10, 2008
I think that's what makes it so powerful, is because it is so small.
November 10, 2008
A beautiful film.
November 7, 2008
The great conundrum of the Holocaust is that it was perpetrated by human beings, not monsters. Few movies have rendered this puzzle so powerfully.
November 7, 2008
When Bruno makes an effort to set things right, the film goes powerfully wrong.
November 7, 2008
That these boys could not fathom what was actually going on in the camps also rings true and is the reason why stories like this one must endure.
November 7, 2008
This very unsubtle movie's heart is in the right place; its art, unfortunately, isn't.
November 7, 2008
Farmiga's emotional clarity and intensity have an almost cleansing quality -- so pristine, plain and right. This role takes her abilities and her career to a new level.
November 7, 2008
Not everything in life, or in history, needs to be framed in terms of things children can relate to. I'm not talking about shielding kids; I'm just saying that some ideas are so horrific that they shouldn't be framed in childish terms.
November 7, 2008
When it comes to the Holocaust, contrivance is neither welcome nor necessary.
November 7, 2008
Director Herman rarely pulls us out of Bruno's naive view of the world, which adds a layer of unsettling ominousness.
November 7, 2008
Translating this dark fable to the screen, Herman for the most part maintains the book's oversimplification of historical events, but he nonetheless crafts an affecting drama that refuses to soft-pedal its harrowing conclusion.
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.
November 7, 2008
The child in the striped pajamas is yours and mine and every child at any time.
November 7, 2008
It reeks of self-righteousness.
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