Sarah's Key Synopsis
A reporter learns that she has a personal connection to a shameful incident in French history.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The movie gathers momentum with a steady, assured pace, accumulating incidents, characters, secrets and lies until the rush of events is...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It does provide audiences with the satisfaction of seeing and hearing an important truth expressed, and that's better than making you feel...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Excellent performances make the movie effective. Yet the flashbacks have a depth and resonance largely absent from the modern scenes.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Holocaust scenes are wrenching, the past-meets-present dialectics less so.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Sarah's Key is, for the most part, an exercise in reserve. We never see Hitler, never enter battle. Paquet-Brenner (Pretty Things, Walled...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Luckily, the movie has Scott Thomas. She knows her radiance can't be helped, so she uses it here like a searchlight.
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By Michelle Orange
Though the picture is lovingly and often quite strikingly shot and styled, there are too many dangling and swiftly clipped threads for the...
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By Mark Jenkins
The glib story and hectoring structure undermine the filmmakers' best intentions.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ms. Scott Thomas is as intelligent and attractive as ever, but the synthetic world her character inhabits can't compete with a harrowing...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A dramatic tale of survival and horrific memories struggles against distracting melodrama in Sarah's Key, and unfortunately, melodrama...
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Sarah's Key

By red.mac.attack
Wow, this is a portion of history of which I was totally unaware. This is a great film. I literally sobbed at one point. Definitely for adults only, due to the subject matter. Kristen Scott...


By Freedah
The movie was as wonderful as the book. It really brought the book to life. I felt it was beautifully cast. It caught the horror of the situation and the need to solve the riddle of Sarah. This...


By ciaobella33181
I hate to say this is a "great" movie, given the heaviness of the subject itself. I will say that it was very well done. The acting was superb, the story line intense, and the filming was first...

So worth it!!

By jmpfahl
I read this book years ago, and I really like it. However I like these kinds of books/movies. Some people find them depressing etc. The movie followed so true to the book that I was amazed! The...

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By ohromujici
The story, the script, the acting, the pacing of this film were all excellent. This movie really takes you on a ride and tells a fascinating and horrifying tale. It is definitely a film worth...

Sarah's Key is a "Must See"

By Staal1205
The movie was beautifully acted and filmed. I had read the book and it followed very closely. Kristin Scott Thomas gave a wonderfl performance and Sarah as a young girl was fantastic....

Good movie

By LizMael
It was a good movie. It's one of those movies I will probably remember all my life due to the historical content, although it was a bit predictable in places....

Well Acted if a Bit Dull

By globalblondie
Always a joy to see Kristin Scott Thomas and this well acted tale is a moving if unrelenting story of tragedy and guilt. The film's depressing progress felt a bit pedantic and sequential rather than...

Sarahs Key

By communityfan
Very well done and followed the book fairly well. The characters were as the reader would imagine and though some parts of the book are missing, it didn't hurt the movie....

A story that will touch your whole being. It was told well. Go see it. Well Worth it.

By buffetfan1102
This movie was a well told story. It was a story that you will follow to the end. You watch and wonder what will come next and how will it end. Not too slow but at a good pace. I would see it...

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Rated PG-13 | For disturbing situation/holocaust and thematic material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Powerful drama includes horrifying Holocaust violence.
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