The Book Thief Synopsis
A girl (Sophie Nélisse) bonds with a Jewish boy her foster parents are hiding from the Nazis.
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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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Beautiful Film

By tcrock422451
This film was nothing short of amazing. I see every single movie that comes out and most movies are missing in certain areas (Character development, cinematography, plot,etc..) but The Book Thief hit...

A valiant cinematic effort

By fiz767
Nytimes review grossly unfair. A beautifully realized film of a remarkable book at the limits of cinematic possibility. Cast superb and the story engaging. Now go read the book,...

Wonderful retelling of the novel!

By shelleyarts
Loved the novel, loved the movie. It was a beautiful retelling of the wonderful novel, The Book Thief. It was our first book club book and a perfect movie to see with my book club. We all found it...

Great Film Making

By Maygirl
The Book Thief was one of the best films I've seen in a long time.I was transported to another time and place, and felt like I was a part of it. This is what movies are supposed to do. The...

wonderful movie

By Deanne212
lovely, enchanting and heartbreaking with an unrelenting uplift of the power of human kindness and character. And words. The power of words and the human gift of reading and books, something we...

World War II through a child's eyes

By apollonius
This is a wonderful film, and I would particularly recommend it for families with teenage children. It deals with the terrors of the Nazi period, but does so obliquely, imagining what that world must...

The Book Thief

By joygmason
I was delighted with the outcome of this adaptation of a fabulous novel. Several reviewers have debunked the movie for making the Nazi era look rosy. They failed to realize that this was a depiction...

The Book Thief

By dietwise
I cant recall when I've last seen such a wonderful movie. From the intriguing narrator's view, to the cinematography, the storyline, the acting. Poignant, moving, well developed, making you love all...

The book thief

By eloisep
I would definitely recommend the movie. The cast was outstanding. I liked that the movie followed the book for the most part. I would have preferred to see the movie with German subtitles. Once the...

The Book Thief

By carrmora
Huge fan of the book. Absolutely stunning movie. I laughed, cried, and fell in love with this story again. Don't miss the performances of Rush, Watson and Nelisse. Beautiful....

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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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