• Released
  • November 8, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 7 min
  • Drama
  • 1,745 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A girl (Sophie Nélisse) bonds with a Jewish boy her foster parents are hiding from the Nazis.

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Critic Ratings

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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is one of the best movies of the year, featuring one of the most perfect endings of any movie in recent memory.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Overall, it’s engaging and serves its young audience well — a rare Holocaust movie that doesn’t strain to become Oscar bait.
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75

Slant Magazine

By R. Kurt Osenlund
Books themselves become the story's key symbol, representing the past and future, loss and possibility, of a place that's ground zero for...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The simplicity of Michael Petroni’s script seems a drawback at first. But skilled director Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) slowly,...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The resulting film has some wrong notes and touches of preciousness, but mostly it's a moving and effective presentation of life under...
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70

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
The Book Thief has been brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste by director Brian Percival and writer Michael...
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67

The A.V. Club

By Ben Kenigsberg
"Life Is Beautiful" may or may not have set a benchmark for tackiness in Holocaust cinema, but The Book Thief offers a hypothetical way in...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
It would make for a pretty ghastly pageant if not for smart, understated turns by Watson and Geoffrey Rush as the charmingly Teutonic couple...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Then Death feels the need to intrude again. And again. If his accent weren't so charming, his voice so resonant, it would be depressing,...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Anchoring the story is 9-year-old Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse), whose first scenes are riveting.
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The Book Thief

By number1softah
"The Book Thief" is a must see movie. This movie had some humor along with the reality and seriousness of the Holocaust. We learned of the ridicule and risks that some German families took to help...

Got to be the best WWII movie

By travision49
I am still shaking...very powerful movie about a young German girl and death. War is hell, with a forced German young/ old at the battlefield and a Jew in the basement. They are powerless to stop...

Loved "The Book Thief"

By mwatters950
This is a wonderful movie and the performances are very memorable. John Williams' score is moving and supports the movies in a beautifully subtle way. The images and characters stayed with me for a...

The Book Thief

By zaxkman1
I was Immediately interested by this movie just by watching the trailer. When I actually watched the movie, it was much much better then I thought it would be. It was easily one of the best movies...

The Book Thief

By jangnan
Wonderful movie; great characters, good story - stirred the emotions....

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Violence and Intense Thematic Material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Emotional WWII drama explores loss, literacy, and love.
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