The Reader
The Reader (2008)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 10, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite Kate Winslet's superb portrayal, The Reader suggests an emotionally distant, Oscar-baiting historical drama.

Todd McCarthy

Stephen Daldry's film is sensitively realized and dramatically absorbing, but comes across as an essentially cerebral experience without gut impact.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Its issues are infinite and moveable. It's a bold and challenging work.

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

The film's exploration of the Holocaust's fallout on subsequent generations is harrowing.

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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

If Winslet carries the complex psychological intrigue of the film on her shoulders, David Kross carries the heart of it on his.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The trial's outcome leads us into a third act that continues to give renewed, rending meaning to the movie's title.

Neil Pond
American Profile

A holocaust movie with a deep, twisting dive into a dense tangle of thorny moral, ethical, situational and emotional issues.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

An airless vacuum labeled Serious Film

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Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News

The Reader is a bold and provocative film and one of the most exquisite of 2008.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Winslet fashions Hanna as the most banal and mundane of evildoers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
There is a straight forward narrative process throughout this intelligent and engaging piece about the aftermath of the Holocaust, but the undercurrent, about… More
xGary Xx
A teenage boy has an illicit affair with an older woman in post war Berlin and years later finds her on trial as an Auschwitz prison guard. The Reader is a very… More
Spencer S.
"The Reader" is a response to post-Nazi Germany, and the ways in which people reconcile the past with their present. Even more disturbing is how the… More
shahmeer hashmat
After long thought and decision, I have finally come to write my review on The Reader. Originally, I was about to give this film a 70% or an 80%, but when I… More
danny d
when one gets past the opportunist and pointless 30 minute long soft core porn sequence at the start of the film, the story picks up greatly and becomes… More
Daniel Perry
Bernhard Schlink's erotic and economical novel comes to life on the screen, and overall, it's well done. The book is so compactly written, I had to… More