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Sarah's Key Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 28, 2011
Makes a powerful impact thanks to the vividness and urgency of its historical scenes.
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Leonard Maltin
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 23, 2011
Teary-eyed absorbing Holocaust story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
September 15, 2011
Sarah's Key a poignant tribute to perseverance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Tony Macklin
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 19, 2011
Scott Thomas's portrayal of her character's emotional transition ensures Sarah's Key will keep your heart open.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
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
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
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
Mike McCahill
August 15, 2011
Were it not for the subtitles, this could easily go out on ITV primetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 12, 2011
Overly elaborate Holocaust drama nevertheless benefits from the presence of Kristin Scott Thomas.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 12, 2011
...a stirring, emotionally wrenching drama that more than lives up to its source material...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 11, 2011
A heartbreaking portrayal of the difference between disagreement and distrust.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
August 10, 2011
Mélusine Mayance is a revelation as young Sarah, who finds the resolve to carry on even when separated from her parents, or even any real hope for her family's survival.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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