The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Synopsis
A concentration camp commander's son and a Jewish boy become friends despite the fence between them.
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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....
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Viewers should know that the film's resolution, though admirably restrained and unsentimental, is devastatingly sad. Parents should take...
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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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The power of this Holocaust tale sneaks up and floors you.
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San Francisco Chronicle

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

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An appalling, jaw-dropping movie that will cause serious nightmares.
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From John Boyne's short novel comes a truly moving film about the impact of the Holocaust on a German family - and the concentration camp's detainees... very ironic story. I am thankful for the...

A well done history lesson

By Older View
The majority of this movie is spent developing familial relationships and the relationship of a young German boy with a young Jewish boy in a concentration camp. It is for the most part devoid of...

Important Must See

By William Kent
Although some critics disapproved of this fictionalized account of the holocaust set around a Nazi family, seeing it as the holocaust turned into "entertainment," such criticisms miss the point. The...

Great Movie!!

By daddyduke
Great Movie! Stunning in it's simplicity and message. One of those where you just have to stare at the screen at the end for a few minutes to fully absorb how good it was....

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

By dgps11
This was a great film on many levels. The innocence and wide open wonder of children, the terror that man can produce, and the lessons we had better learn from history. This is a movie that should be...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

By 1onestop
WOW! What a powerful, yet sad movie! It makes you think about how we judge other people in life and dehumanize them. I think everyone should see this movie to remind us all that we are ALL people,...

Awesome Movie!

By mookie73
There are few movies that you see in a lifetime that when it is over you find it difficult to leave the theater. This is a must see and I personally believe that every college student should see it...


By rjduran
This film leaves you speechless at the end people in the theatre could not even leave, they just sat there for a few minutes then got up and silently left. The emotion is spell binding, anyone over...

An unbelieveable story

By fnaves74
I was very anxious to see this movie, as I have always been very interested in Holocaust features (Schindler's List is my preferred movie of all times), but nothing could have prepared me for the...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

By cindy55
This movie was gripping from the beginning. The acting is superb, award winning. The last few minutes just simply tear at your heart. Have tissues ready for yourself and those sitting with you. It...

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Rated PG-13 | For mature thematic material involving the Holocaust
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Holocaust drama sensitive, but never sentimental.
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