The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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The Book Thief

Drama based on the award-winning novel by Australian author Markus Zusak. Set in Nazi Germany, the story follows young Liesel (newcomer Sophie Nélisse) and her relationships with her foster parents (Oscar-veterans Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) and the Jewish man who hides in their home. From the BAFTA-winning director of Downton Abbey.

2014Rating: PG, Violence131 minsUSA
DramaWarHistorical
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Some interesting heart warming parts but the narrator distracted heavily from the plot of the story, removing the emotional punch with an early reveal.

2.0
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Amazing

That is a fantastic book!

5.0
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An Interesting Story

This is an easy watch.It has the script and props similar to a theater production. Sophie Nelisse was perfectly cast as the book thief. It will appeal to some movie goers.

3.0
0

Now that's a movie!

I haven't read the book but will now. This must be an excellent adaptation. Two hours eleven minutes long and I was captivated throughout.

4.0
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If You're not a book lover now you will be!!!

Great film, has a different perspective not always seen in movies set during World War flicks. Geoffrey Rush is as amazing as always and Emily Watson plays her role as a hard German mother would be. All up a great film with interesting characters and elements of suspense. It will make you appreciate how lucky we are to be able to read a book when we want...

5.0
0

The Book Thief

I thought the movie theme was interesting, but took a while to build the characters up! I enjoyed it, give it 3/5 rating

0

So-so

A nice little drama, given extra weight due to its setting in Nazi Germany. Solid lead performances despite the lack of story. Good film to see on a Sunday night at home when it's released on DVD.

0

Perfunctory adaptation of beloved book...

The movie is 'enjoyable' enough (haven't read the book - the other half has. She said it was OK from that POV). Liked Emily Watson & Geoffrey Rush, the young actress was adequate (She's done better work!). The story never really came alive for me, but my biggest issue was the 'look' of the film. Everything looked too new/shiny/polished/undamaged. Even...

3.0
0

Holocaust Kitsch (to quote the NY Times).

This movie should have had a lot more going for it but the characters are so one-dimensional and the storyline so superficial that it is hard to get emotionally involved. All Nazis are bad; all German non-combatants are good. Who knows about the Communists?? The movie is riddled with inconsistencies and is deeply flawed. It seemed targeted at a teenage...

2.0
0

Lovely and enjoyable (but not happy) movie - if you like quality drama, go see this.

I went to a preview of this film on 08/01/14 and enjoyed it - as much as you can say for a film that isn't particularly a happy film. It's extremely well acted and is a quality film - not needing to be full of lots of special effects to get the message across. It is a relatively slow moving film, full of relationships and emotions. I was gripped in the...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

Where the book had a kernel of intellectual irony to it — words betray a nation — this drama goes shamelessly for the heart.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A shameless piece of Oscar-seeking Holocaust kitsch.

0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The Book Thief crams story after story into such a small space that it can’t realize any of them in depth.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

You may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Where the book had a kernel of intellectual irony to it — words betray a nation — this drama goes shamelessly for the heart.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A shameless piece of Oscar-seeking Holocaust kitsch.

0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The Book Thief crams story after story into such a small space that it can’t realize any of them in depth.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

You may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements.

0

Some interesting heart warming parts but the narrator distracted heavily from the plot of the story, removing the emotional punch with an early reveal.

2.0
0

Amazing

That is a fantastic book!

5.0
0

An Interesting Story

This is an easy watch.It has the script and props similar to a theater production. Sophie Nelisse was perfectly cast as the book thief. It will appeal to some movie goers.

3.0
0

Now that's a movie!

I haven't read the book but will now. This must be an excellent adaptation. Two hours eleven minutes long and I was captivated throughout.

4.0
0

If You're not a book lover now you will be!!!

Great film, has a different perspective not always seen in movies set during World War flicks. Geoffrey Rush is as amazing as always and Emily Watson plays her role as a hard German mother would be. All up a great film with interesting characters and elements of suspense. It will make you appreciate how lucky we are to be able to read a book when we want...

5.0
0

The Book Thief

I thought the movie theme was interesting, but took a while to build the characters up! I enjoyed it, give it 3/5 rating

0

So-so

A nice little drama, given extra weight due to its setting in Nazi Germany. Solid lead performances despite the lack of story. Good film to see on a Sunday night at home when it's released on DVD.

0

Perfunctory adaptation of beloved book...

The movie is 'enjoyable' enough (haven't read the book - the other half has. She said it was OK from that POV). Liked Emily Watson & Geoffrey Rush, the young actress was adequate (She's done better work!). The story never really came alive for me, but my biggest issue was the 'look' of the film. Everything looked too new/shiny/polished/undamaged. Even...

3.0
0

Holocaust Kitsch (to quote the NY Times).

This movie should have had a lot more going for it but the characters are so one-dimensional and the storyline so superficial that it is hard to get emotionally involved. All Nazis are bad; all German non-combatants are good. Who knows about the Communists?? The movie is riddled with inconsistencies and is deeply flawed. It seemed targeted at a teenage...

2.0
0

Lovely and enjoyable (but not happy) movie - if you like quality drama, go see this.

I went to a preview of this film on 08/01/14 and enjoyed it - as much as you can say for a film that isn't particularly a happy film. It's extremely well acted and is a quality film - not needing to be full of lots of special effects to get the message across. It is a relatively slow moving film, full of relationships and emotions. I was gripped in the...

4.0
0