read the book instead

By citikitty
Written November 21, 2013
Wish I could rate this higher. I loved the book and couldn't wait to see the movie, but the movie was a big disappointment. Maybe if I hadn't read the book I would have liked the movie more. Geoffrey Rush did a great job, but the other key characters were flat stereotypes - adorable little girl & boy, bad school chum, mean stepmother, etc... The soundtrack was insipid, didn't enhance the movie at all. While anything that makes people (especially young people) more aware of the holocaust is a good thing, Schindler's List it's not.
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True to the book

By msimon313
Written November 17, 2013
It was true to the book and also moving, perfectly cast. I would not say it was a brilliant adaptation but it was satisfying emotionally and technically. I don't know why the critics trashed it for not being graphic enough. The book was not meant to show overt horrors but life, love, and loss through the eyes of a child. Those who read the book must go, for others simply go.
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Okay movie, not much more

By NYPerson1
Written November 16, 2013
This movie is decent, but nothing too special. Early on, it has a "wasn't World War II in Germany _quaint_ and pretty" feel to it. The acting is fine, especially Geoffrey Rush. Didn't like the voice-over narration at all. No reason to rush out and see this movie, in my opinion. Catching it sometime on DVD would be my recommendation.
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Speechless.

By mhudson2511
Written January 02, 2014
This movie left my sister and I in tears. It was so touching, and rarely do I say this, but when compared to the book, the movie was only a few points shy of being as good. I deeply enjoyed this movie, and once it is out on DVD, it will be joining my collection, which I rarely do with living so close to a library. This movie has entered my top five favorites. Do NOT pass up watching this movie! I repeat, do NOT pass it up. And don't forget some tissues.
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The Book Thief

By dianesmith1776
Written January 01, 2014
Compelling, outstanding, powerful… with this movie, Geoffrey Rush makes up for having done Marquis de Sade in the past. I almost didn't go see it just because he was starring in it. But he was superb…as were other actors/actresses.
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