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The Reader Reviews

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 29, 2012
The film's exploration of the Holocaust's fallout on subsequent generations is harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
A holocaust movie with a deep, twisting dive into a dense tangle of thorny moral, ethical, situational and emotional issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Winslet fashions Hanna as the most banal and mundane of evildoers.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
A film that will haunt you for months with its fleeting and subtle examinations on morality, love and guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
October 20, 2010
Manipulative and flawed, but interesting and occasionally moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 17, 2010
A decades-spanning drama that dives into the slippery human nature of lust, manipulation, retribution and doubt. "The Reader" is a phenomenally tragic story of people eternally connected, never knowing whether it's by true love or unshakable regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
July 6, 2010
A British movie of a well-reviewed German novel about issues both moral and bookish.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 6, 2010
There's something missing from screenwriter David Hare's adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's Oprah selection, The Reader.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 6, 2010
Stephen Daldry's film is sensitively realized and dramatically absorbing, but comes across as an essentially cerebral experience without gut impact.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
December 14, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Daldry's directorial restraint and power perfectly serves David Hare's impressive screenplay and delivers a memorable movie-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Dismal
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 9, 2009
En el terreno en que la película triunfa sobre todo es en el de la reflexión, que se impone posteriormente al mero recuerdo de la anécdota que narra.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2009
I have no doubt that the novel makes this movie seem but a glissando of a complex series of emotional notes, but I can say that I was torn up every which way by the end of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
The film lingers more on Winslet's nudity than on the nature of guilt, and it offers no reason to care for the lumpen criminal or the callow lover.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2009
If Winslet carries the complex psychological intrigue of the film on her shoulders, David Kross carries the heart of it on his.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 24, 2009
Winslet creates a flawed and fascinating villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
March 21, 2009
An intriguing journey: love story without love, war story without war, and ultimately a meditation upon our inability to normalise an understanding of what life would have been like for those living in Nazi Germany.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
March 21, 2009
This movie invites you to unlock the mystery. Would you be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect a secret?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Evan Williams
The Australian
February 27, 2009
It is a majestically sombre, always gripping film, told with immense restraint and no hint of sensationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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