The Reader Reviews

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October 30, 2019
As such, its strength lies almost solely in [Kate] Winslet's performance; it is an astonishing and compelling portrayal of a complex woman.
October 2, 2019
Where The Reader fails most is in its inability to get into the characters and push them to become more than depressive people with sagging hearts.
June 6, 2019
Screenwriter David Hare deftly navigates the tricky moral waters with the same poetic eloquence he brought to The Hours.
December 12, 2018
You can't fault the performances. They're all top-notch, particularly that of young Mr. Kross, who is a real find, and Miss Winslet, who does her best to augment the script with her expressive face.
August 28, 2018
If this film were a meal, it would be like having your pudding first, and then having to chew through one hell of a lot of wet spinach.
August 8, 2018
Though Daldry's film comes across as too long, disjointed and detached to achieve greatness, to its credit, The Reader asks tough questions and doesn't give easy answers.
May 11, 2018
A classy drama with a literary twist, charting the strange, strained relationship of Hannah (Kate Winslet) and Michael (David Kross).
February 3, 2018
The Reader trips over itself now and then, but it remains wonderfully acted and beautifully realized. And it has something profound to say about shame, confidence and justice.
September 29, 2012
The film's exploration of the Holocaust's fallout on subsequent generations is harrowing.
September 28, 2011
A holocaust movie with a deep, twisting dive into a dense tangle of thorny moral, ethical, situational and emotional issues.
August 16, 2011
Winslet fashions Hanna as the most banal and mundane of evildoers.
March 24, 2011
A film that will haunt you for months with its fleeting and subtle examinations on morality, love and guilt.
October 20, 2010
Manipulative and flawed, but interesting and occasionally moving.
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.
July 6, 2010
A British movie of a well-reviewed German novel about issues both moral and bookish.
July 6, 2010
There's something missing from screenwriter David Hare's adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's Oprah selection, The Reader.
July 6, 2010
Stephen Daldry's film is sensitively realized and dramatically absorbing, but comes across as an essentially cerebral experience without gut impact.
December 14, 2009
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September 8, 2009
Daldry's directorial restraint and power perfectly serves David Hare's impressive screenplay and delivers a memorable movie-going experience.
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