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When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15 year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. The two begin an unexpected and passionate affair only for Hanna to suddenly and inexplicably disappear. Eight years later, Michael, now a young law student observing Nazi war trials, meets his former lover again, under very different circumstances. Hanna is on trial for a hideous crime, and as she refuses to defend herself, Michael gradually realizes his boyhood love may be guarding a secret she considers to be more shameful than murder.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stephen Daldry's film is sensitively realized and dramatically absorbing, but comes across as an essentially cerebral experience without gut impact."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The trial's outcome leads us into a third act that continues to give renewed, rending meaning to the movie's title."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The film's exploration of the Holocaust's fallout on subsequent generations is harrowing."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"A film that will haunt you for months with its fleeting and subtle examinations on morality, love and guilt."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"A British movie of a well-reviewed German novel about issues both moral and bookish."
‑ Mark Jenkins,
"If Winslet carries the complex psychological intrigue of the film on her shoulders, David Kross carries the heart of it on his."
‑ Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Reader is a bold and provocative film and one of the most exquisite of 2008."
‑ Michael Granberry, Dallas Morning News
"A holocaust movie with a deep, twisting dive into a dense tangle of thorny moral, ethical, situational and emotional issues."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Manipulative and flawed, but interesting and occasionally moving."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"There's something missing from screenwriter David Hare's adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's Oprah selection, The Reader."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Its issues are infinite and moveable. It's a bold and challenging work."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Relies too much on coincidence and, in an even more puzzling turn, seems to suggest that illiteracy might be a valid excuse for the worst of human behavior."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Winslet fashions Hanna as the most banal and mundane of evildoers."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A decades-spanning drama that dives into the slippery human nature of lust, manipulation, retribution and doubt. "The Reader" is a phenomenally tragic story of people eternally connected, never knowing whether it's by true love or unshakable regret."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"ovaj film mo%u017Ee nakon obavljene misije oti%u0107i u zaslu%u017Eeni zaborav"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
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