The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 7, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A touching and haunting family film that deals with the Holocaust in an arresting and unusual manner, and packs a brutal final punch of a twist.

Hank Sartin
Time Out

[Director] Mark Herman knows how to milk the melodrama from every scene, but viewers may feel a little icky about the experience.

Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Dan Jardine

Not without its qualities, the movie ultimately does a disservice to the very people it purports to represent.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The result isn't a deep film, but rather a profound one.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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).

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Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

A film dealing with the Holocaust really should be a little less clumsily executed, manipulative and contrived than this.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Young Scanlon and Butterfield are scathingly effective, never overplaying their roles.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Mike Scott

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.

Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Moving film about those in concentration camps in WWII. Good performances.
Tyler Robertson
If you've read my review for Pearl Harbor, then you'll know that I had a bad experience when my teacher showed a movie in a history class. Thankfully,… More
Kevin M. Williams
An oversimplification of the Holocaust, yes, as a very young German boy during WWll accidentally discovers exactly what his camp commandant dad does for a… More
Josh Morris
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas would have been a masterpiece in another dimension. If the holocaust had never happened, and this was a movie about a fictional… More
Jim Hunter
An upper class German boy befriends a boy in a concentration camp. Told from the perspective of a child, the foolishness of the adults in this story comes in… More
Daniel Perry
Surprising and audacious film, from John Boyne's book of the same name, that does the Holocaust differently, telling about a particular (German) family… More