The Reader Reviews

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July 6, 2010
Stephen Daldry's film is sensitively realized and dramatically absorbing, but comes across as an essentially cerebral experience without gut impact.
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.
February 20, 2009
Daldry and Hare replicate adroitly the moral balancing act that makes the book so fascinating...
February 20, 2009
The film...hankers after something redemptive. But whatever difficult possibilities about guilt and silence it explores are dissolved into disconcerting blandness.
January 8, 2009
An airless vacuum labeled Serious Film
January 5, 2009
Its issues are infinite and moveable. It's a bold and challenging work.
January 5, 2009
Winslet duly earns her Golden Globe (and inevitable Oscar) nomination.
January 5, 2009
Under the gloss of high production value, under the sheen of hardback good taste, there is something naive and glib and meretricious. It left a very strange taste in my mouth.
January 5, 2009
Winslet's intricate performance and Daldry's skills of persuasion make it a worthy memorial to its producers, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, the values of whose own films it faithfully replicates.
December 30, 2008
The trial's outcome leads us into a third act that continues to give renewed, rending meaning to the movie's title.
December 30, 2008
The Reader is a bold and provocative film and one of the most exquisite of 2008.
December 29, 2008
Relies too much on coincidence and, in an even more puzzling turn, seems to suggest that illiteracy might be a valid excuse for the worst of human behavior.
December 29, 2008
The Reader, based on Bernhard Schlink's novel, is a tragedy told with such precise remoteness, you feel as if you're watching it from across the room.
December 29, 2008
As undeniably tasteful as The Reader is, it's also an absorbing and finally moving account of how one man comes to terms with both history and his story.
December 25, 2008
The Reader is a dull slog of a movie gussied up by two Oscar-nominated actors -- Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. If not for them, as well as an impressive performance by virtual newcomer David Kross, there would be nothing positive to say about it at all.
December 25, 2008
Surrounding the Holocaust morality play is another story that's more modestly scaled and, in this age of unashamed romance between older women and younger men, more contemporary.
December 24, 2008
With this film Daldry proves himself the screen's reigning master at showing passion thwarted or repressed, this time to a propulsive Philip Glass-lite score from Nico Muhly.
December 24, 2008
At times The Reader is an interesting exploration of both the needs of man and the limits of law. But there are so many dead spots in the film after it gets rolling that the rolling too often comes to a stop.
December 24, 2008
I believe the movie may be demonstrating a fact of human nature: Most people, most of the time, all over the world, choose to go along. We vote with the tribe.
December 24, 2008
After a sensuous introductory act, The Reader descends into a series of dismaying contradictions regarding the moral toxins of the Holocaust -- which still pollute postwar Germany.
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