The Book Thief
The Book Thief (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 11, 2014
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Critic Score
46%
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74%



Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A bit too safe in its handling of its Nazi Germany setting, The Book Thief counters its constraints with a respectful tone and strong performances.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

The movie lacks the nerve to treat death as anything more menacing than the tooth fairy.

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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News

Pretty visuals give an unexpectedly painful twist to other parts of the story.

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

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

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David Denby
New Yorker

Markus Zusak's enormously successful young-adult novel seems to have been adapted as a movie for middle-aged children.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

You just wonder if this film's audience might be happier at home, curled up with a book. "The Book Thief," perhaps.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"The Book Thief" may not be perfect, but it may steal your heart.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
The narrative style that this movie takes isn't the worst part of this movie. Occasionally funny and sweet but not enough to save you from the boredom that… More
Thomas Johnston
Spoiler Alert - Any war movie set in Germany is doomed to an unhappy ending!
Carlos Magalhăes
Messy as this aseptic drama is from a narrative point of view, with language inconsistencies and dozens of pointless elements, it is also a mystery what it… More
Alex roy
The Book Thief is a riveting drama set in the days of before the Second World War and during. This is an engaging story with a terrific cast. The film is a… More
Manu Gino
Courage beyond words. Great Film! "The Book Thief" has wonderful photography by Florian Ballhaus, an excellent musical score by Golden Globe and… More
KJ Proulx
Not having read the book first, I feel no remorse as to review it that way. I believe this would work so much better in novel form, due to it's time period… More