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.
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.
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 7, 2014
Tthe film sees Nelisse give a wonderful performance; indeed, the performances are all round good, but the film lacks emotional depth.
February 28, 2014
The film-making style seems disconcertingly glossy given the downbeat themes.
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.
February 27, 2014
A frank and adventurous portrayal of love in the margins.
February 25, 2014
Thoughtful tweens and teens interested in history and unusual adventurous stories of kids their own age should love this, but adults may find the lightness of the tone off-putting.
February 24, 2014
Some good performances, impeccable craft and good intentions can't compensate for a lack of dramatic urgency and emotional heft. The Book Thief is effective, but not effective enough.
February 7, 2014
This handsomely made adaptation plays to its YA audience, but while simple, it's a stirring look at WW2 from the perspective of normal German families.
January 12, 2014
While it might lose some of the finer detail and plotting of the book, it more than makes up for this in the sensuous way it recreates its setting and its engaging characters.
January 9, 2014
Narrated by Roger Allam, we follow Liesel, an orphan adopted by a family in a small German village in 1938. The result is a finely-played WW2 drama with a little awkwardness and a central literary device that doesn't quite work.
January 9, 2014
The film still packs a strong emotional punch though thanks to the likeable nature of its leading characters. You want them to find comfort, happiness.
January 6, 2014
An appealing tale of one young girl's attempts to make sense of the senseless.
December 24, 2013
Offering a unique insight into the Holocaust, this compelling drama works despite its uneven plot.
December 23, 2013
An uplifting story of hope amid hopelessness. Plus Rush, Watson and especially Nelisse are amazing.
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