Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key (2011)

Julia Jarmond, an American journalist married to a Frenchman, is commissioned to write an article about the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 22, 2011
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sarah's Key is an absorbing, impeccably-acted Holocaust drama with minor plot issues.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Thomas carries the weight of the movie, and her usual sangfroid works against her; when she finally makes contact with the deported couple's grandson, the story crumples into sentimentality

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Thomas' performance is one of brilliant restraint and believable naturalism.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Isn't it a little early in the year for Harvey Weinstein to be grubbing for Oscars already?

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

Scott Thomas's portrayal of her character's emotional transition ensures Sarah's Key will keep your heart open.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It does provide audiences with the satisfaction of seeing and hearing an important truth expressed, and that's better than making you feel good. That's making you feel something.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Well executed and avoids histrionic manipulation, allowing just enough breathing room without truncating the raw emotion of the book.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Luckily, the movie has Scott Thomas. She knows her radiance can't be helped, so she uses it here like a searchlight.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

Never quite finds the right balance between the grave consequences of its period scenes and the relative small beans of the present-day ones.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
An American journalist in Paris embarks on a story about the Holocaust and discovers connections between the past, her present marriage and her unborn child.… More
Raymond Wieser
A fictional story built around historical facts and events, Sarah's Key is an incredibly well-made film which draws us in and never lets go. Even after… More
Cynthia S.
Great. Thought provoking. Well done. Perfect mix of the heart wrenching events of lives torn apart, the endless search of who we are, and the depths of… More
Daniel Mumby
It's well-nigh impossible to make a film about the Holocaust without either lecturing the audience or slipping into inappropriate sentimentality. The best… More
Nicki Marie
Really good, sad movie. The little girl who plays Sarah is excellent.
William Dunmyer
If you're like me, you've grown weary of Holocaust movies in the last few years. When filmmakers run out of ideas nowadays, they make yet another… More