The Book Thief
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Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Markus Zusak's enormously successful young-adult novel seems to have been adapted as a movie for middle-aged children."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"You just wonder if this film's audience might be happier at home, curled up with a book. "The Book Thief," perhaps."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"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."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The film-making style seems disconcertingly glossy given the downbeat themes."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
""The Book Thief" may not be perfect, but it may steal your heart."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A tale of WWII Germany as seen through the eyes of a young girl, "The Book Thief" is unobjectionable, sentimental, and not a little dull."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Tthe film sees Nelisse give a wonderful performance; indeed, the performances are all round good, but the film lacks emotional depth."
‑ Aine O'Connor, Irish Independent
"The Book Thief must be accounted a failure: even Downton fans will find the rampant cosiness just a little hard to bear."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Pretty visuals give an unexpectedly painful twist to other parts of the story."
‑ Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News
"Given the tough-minded tone of many young adult books turned to films, "The Book Thief's" frolicsome tone feels dated and inappropriate."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Regrettably this poignant and profound story, does not feel very poignant nor profound at all."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"Tries to blend heartwarming moral observation with ill-fitting metaphysical contrivance."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
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