• Released
  • July 22, 2011
  • (Limited 7/22)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 51 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
  • 200 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A reporter learns that she has a personal connection to a shameful incident in French history.

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Critic Ratings

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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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75

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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75

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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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Holocaust scenes are wrenching, the past-meets-present dialectics less so.
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75

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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63

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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60

Movieline

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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55

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The glib story and hectoring structure undermine the filmmakers' best intentions.
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40

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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40

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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Rated PG-13 | For disturbing situation/holocaust and thematic material
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Powerful drama includes horrifying Holocaust violence.
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