The Book Thief Reviews

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January 7, 2020
The Book Thief has stolen my heart. To describe the film in a word, it's quite simply, magnificent.
July 31, 2019
As it is, The Book Thief still finds its way into your heart slowly and over time, and it stays there way after leaving the theater.
June 8, 2019
It may span the most significant decades of last century, but The Book Thief pretty much boils down to girl-lives-with-family, girl-learns-to-read - for two hours.
December 11, 2018
Opening with a sweeping shot of a train racing on snow-covered tracks, a title card reads 'Germany, February 1938'. This kind of vagueness sets up a film that brushes past details in favour of a broad-strokes Nazi movie for the whole family.
October 21, 2018
The film is nothing more than a cliche, trying to introduce the subject of war to younger viewers without offering anything of interest to older ones.
February 22, 2018
The film has essentially been commissioned on the say-so of pinot-guzzling, chick-lit-licking chocoholics, and it shows. Boy, it's dull and pointless.
January 2, 2018
The film is hamstrung by the novel's structure, unsure whether to be a 12A-certificate family outing, or to luxuriate in morbid irony.
November 29, 2017
While it may not be suitable for young children, The Book Thief may be one of the best films for families that will play through the holiday season.
October 20, 2017
It's probably a little too modest for its potential Oscar goals, but it's a fine film nonetheless.
September 8, 2017
The Book Thief manages to capture the horror of war and the tension of life in the Hubermann household, and there are moments that will shock those not familiar with the story.
June 7, 2016
'The Book Thief' mixes British actors using German accents, a few German actors, and the occasional German word, creating a playfully successful illusion of German-ness.
May 5, 2014
Ultimately not much more complex than the moment in which two children yell "I hate Hitler" across a lake, it imparts the message that Nazis are bad, books are good, and Geoffrey Rush would make a great dad even in WWII Germany
March 24, 2014
This extremely moving drama suggests the Holocaust story Ray Bradbury might have written: Events are seen through a child's eyes; books are shown to contain a healing, transformative power; and the supernatural is real, if symbolic.
March 22, 2014
Zusak's story is stirring, and it holds the film up during most of its predictable parts, but The Book Thief never rises too far above that. The narration from Death only serves to make it more like some sort of fantastical fairy tale.
March 10, 2014
Regrettably this poignant and profound story, does not feel very poignant nor profound at all.
March 8, 2014
Showing tragic events through a child's eyes can be a powerful storytelling strategy, but there's something altogether too cosy and bland about Downton Abbey director Brian Percival's handling of the material here.
March 7, 2014
Tthe film sees Nelisse give a wonderful performance; indeed, the performances are all round good, but the film lacks emotional depth.
March 4, 2014
I'd heard reports that this film could reduce grown men to tears - but I'm guessing they were just yawning with boredom.
March 2, 2014
Tries to blend heartwarming moral observation with ill-fitting metaphysical contrivance.
February 28, 2014
The film-making style seems disconcertingly glossy given the downbeat themes.
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