88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is not only about Germany during the war, although the story it tells is heartbreaking in more than one way. It is about a value system that survives like a virus.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Viewers should know that the film's resolution, though admirably restrained and unsentimental, is devastatingly sad. Parents should take this into account. This beautifully rendered family film is told in a classic and old-fashioned style, in the best sense, providing poignant and powerful teachable moments.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Boyne's tale is starkly cautionary, and writer-director Herman handles a difficult topic with great sensitivity, drawing splendid performances from his young actors with David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga and the other grown-ups reliably efficient.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The power of this Holocaust tale sneaks up and floors you.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Told from a different angle than any other Holocaust film I've seen.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
In key ways, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is like Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth": a child, caught in the waking nightmare of one of history's ugliest times, confronting the horrors of a grown-up world, and dealing with them as best he, or she, can.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Because its gaze is so level and so unyielding, it stands as one of the better dramatic films made on this subject (although it's not nearly as fine as Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants."
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film succeeds to the degree that it does -- partially, but honorably and sometimes affectingly -- because it was made as well as it was.
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40

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The faux-naive point of view probably worked better in the novel; the literalness of film renders certain of the story's conceits overly precious.
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16

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An appalling, jaw-dropping movie that will cause serious nightmares.
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55 out of 100
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