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The Reader Reviews

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Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Despite my problems with The Reader, it's still a film well worth seeing, although far from Oscar worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate
February 22, 2009 is a movie of incredible moral obtuseness.
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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 21, 2009
Succeeds on its own terms mainly because of Kate Winslet's earnest Oscar fixated performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dave Calhoun
Time Out Sydney
February 20, 2009
Its issues are infinite and moveable. It's a bold and challenging work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
February 20, 2009
The Reader does not succeed as a coherent film, despite some fine work by actors and the filmmakers' best intentions.
Peter Galvin
FILMINK (Australia)
February 20, 2009
The Reader is all about secrets and lies and the possibility that monstrous actions are not a function of something called Evil, but something messier, stranger and more common to all.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
February 20, 2009
Daldry and Hare replicate adroitly the moral balancing act that makes the book so fascinating...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
February 20, 2009
The film...hankers after something redemptive. But whatever difficult possibilities about guilt and silence it explores are dissolved into disconcerting blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 20, 2009
I was incredibly moved by this film, the way it delves into emotional investment, the power of literature to humanise, the whole ambition to encompass the responsibility of a nation for the evil that occurred.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
February 19, 2009
No doubt there is a fine line between a film that intends to be morally ambiguous and one that feels incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
February 16, 2009
At heart what makes the film powerful is Winslet in so strong a performance and so totally different from anything she has done in the past
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 12, 2009
David Hare's sensitive treatment of a challenging, nuanced subject is adroitly directed by Stephen Daldry, full of the textures, subtleties and complexities that make this story so compelling and memorable
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 12, 2009
Law versus morality is at the chilling heart of this potent film whose complex themes begin with a young man's first sexual encounter and traverses uncomfortable territory including that of harrowing war crimes
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 7, 2009
Seu protagonista, um melancólico advogado, encerra em si mesmo toda a dor de seus conterrâneos em função de suas própria ações (ou inações) do passado.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 4, 2009
plodding and earnestly morose
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
February 2, 2009
Underage desire converges with perverse passions of the political sort, where in the case of one's country, love is basically blind. A remarkably brilliant and subversive guilt by erotic association thriller.
Kam Williams
February 1, 2009
Springtime for Hitler, the sequel!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
The Reader is the most undeserving of the five Academy Award nominees for Best Picture. A nice quality for a movie to have is if it has one or more characters to whom one can relate. In The Reader the two main characters are clods.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
February 1, 2009
Outside of her [Kate Winslet's] equally compelling also Golden Globe winning work in the non-Oscar nominated Revolutionary Road, it may be 2008's best acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
a bit convoluted...mostly absorbing and captivating drama elevated by strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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