The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)
Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, and Asa Butterfield star in Little Voice writer/director Mark Herman's adaptation of John Boyne's novel concerning the forbidden friendship that between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner in World War II-era Germany. The innocent son of a high-ranking Nazi commandant, Bruno has been largely shielded from the harsh realities of the war. When Bruno discovers that his father has been promoted and that their family will be moving from Berlin into the countryside, he doesn't take the news well. Increasingly bored in his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result isn't a deep film, but rather a profound one."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Because its gaze is so level and so unyielding, it stands as one of the better dramatic films made on this subject (although it's not nearly as fine as Louis Malle's Au Revoir les Enfants, in which the camps remain a distant abstraction)."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Not without its qualities, the movie ultimately does a disservice to the very people it purports to represent."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"We are left in no doubt about the brutality of what's going on there but it's almost entirely off-screen. Still, the film is terribly confronting."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"You may get halfway through and wonder why it's getting so heavily recommended here. Once you've experienced it in its entirety, you'll know why."
‑ Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia)
"Young Scanlon and Butterfield are scathingly effective, never overplaying their roles."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Although it's told from the perspective of a child, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is as shattering as any film about the Holocaust could be, perhaps more so."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"A film dealing with the Holocaust really should be a little less clumsily executed, manipulative and contrived than this."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"This writer can't remember witnessing a harder-hitting kids' movie denouement than the one that closes this microcosm of middle-class German family life in WWII."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out Sydney
"For me, the pluses far outweighed any misgivings I had with this ultimately very moving film."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"In truth, the film is sure to stop the hearts of many who see it. There may indeed be hope in hell, but better to avoid hell altogether."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"I think that's what makes it so powerful, is because it is so small."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Built upon a powerful but gimmicky end, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas would make a fine short. As a full-length feature, though, the pajamas wear thin quickly."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Much of the film depends on our ability to suspend disbelief and see the world as Bruno sees it. It has a finale designed to shock."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending."
‑ Peg Aloi, Boston Phoenix

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