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August 30, 2017
An emotionally wrenching story of survival and remembrance of things past.
June 2, 2014
Well executed and avoids histrionic manipulation, allowing just enough breathing room without truncating the raw emotion of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 14, 2013
A film that plays as a guilty remembrance of a dark corner of French history tucked into a ticking clock thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 28, 2011
Makes a powerful impact thanks to the vividness and urgency of its historical scenes.
November 4, 2011
I'm delighted to see that the Weinstein Company is re-releasing one of the year's most overlooked films, Sarah's Key, the moving adaptation of Tatiana De Rosnay's international best-seller. It's one of the year's best films.
September 23, 2011
A very good film that ought to have been a great film, but greatness ultimately proves beyond its grasp -- if only just.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 23, 2011
Teary-eyed absorbing Holocaust story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 22, 2011
Loses some force in its latter half but the key story remains gripping. Unlocks 70-year-old horrors so the present can't shut the door on past complicities and crimes.
September 15, 2011
Sarah's Key a poignant tribute to perseverance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
September 2, 2011
Sarah's Key is elevated by luminous performances by two actresses -- veteran Kristin Scott Thomas and 10-year old Melusine Mayance. Fortunately their talent often is able to transcend the contrivances that mar the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 20, 2011
The performances by Kristin Scott Thomas and especially Melusine Mayance (as the young Sarah) are key to the picture's success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2011
Scott Thomas's portrayal of her character's emotional transition ensures Sarah's Key will keep your heart open.
August 19, 2011
French director Paquet-Brenner occasionally yields to melodrama, particularly in the final act, but he is resolute about not depicting all of his countrymen as Nazi stooges, since many weren't.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2011
Although a wonderful story, it seems to come out in fits and starts. The slow, meandering pace may be a turnoff to those unfamiliar with the novel. Mayance, in her feature film debut, takes the cake in the acting category. Thomas is a...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2011
"Sarah's Key" uses this buried historical incident as a springboard for a potent tale of survival, guilt and hard-nosed reporting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 15, 2011
Were it not for the subtitles, this could easily go out on ITV primetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 12, 2011
Overly elaborate Holocaust drama nevertheless benefits from the presence of Kristin Scott Thomas.
August 12, 2011
Should we remember every horrid detail of the past, or is it better to sometimes let the past go?... [T]his tough, starkly unsentimental film does not offer a definitive answer, except to suggest that there may be no good one.
August 12, 2011
...a stirring, emotionally wrenching drama that more than lives up to its source material...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 11, 2011
A heartbreaking portrayal of the difference between disagreement and distrust.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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