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.
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 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.
September 8, 2009
Daldry's directorial restraint and power perfectly serves David Hare's impressive screenplay and delivers a memorable movie-going experience.
July 9, 2009
En el terreno en que la pelcula triunfa sobre todo es en el de la reflexin, que se impone posteriormente al mero recuerdo de la ancdota que narra.
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.
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.
March 24, 2009
Winslet creates a flawed and fascinating villain.
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.
March 21, 2009
This movie invites you to unlock the mystery. Would you be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect a secret?
February 27, 2009
It is a majestically sombre, always gripping film, told with immense restraint and no hint of sensationalism.
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