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The Book Thief Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 10, 2014
Regrettably this poignant and profound story, does not feel very poignant nor profound at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 2, 2014
Tries to blend heartwarming moral observation with ill-fitting metaphysical contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 28, 2014
The film-making style seems disconcertingly glossy given the downbeat themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2014
The Book Thief must be accounted a failure: even Downton fans will find the rampant cosiness just a little hard to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 28, 2014
It's certainly pretty to look at, reminiscent of those Disneyland parades where horses are much in evidence, but their excrement (thanks to neat little sacks attached to the creatures' nether regions) never soils the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 28, 2014
It's a worryingly lenient and obtuse approach to history and historical evil, which are smothered in feelgood tragi-sentimental slush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 27, 2014
It looks marvellous: browns, beiges and greys setting off the startling red of the ubiquitous swastikas. But there is no real feeling for the catastrophe that is gathering pace in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2014
What is The Book Thief saying? Unknown. I can't even tell you what its intentions are, or whom it is intended for, only that it lacks even a whiff of emotional heft.
February 27, 2014
Since the story is essentially Anne Frank re-gendered, why bother at all?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 27, 2014
[Percival] certainly makes everything look pretty, although neither he nor Michael Petroni, who wrote the script, seem able to give the story a sense of momentum or tension, or even locate it in a world that's recognisably real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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