100

Premiere

Winslet deserves an Oscar for her amazing performance.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
With this film Daldry, previously the director of "Billy Elliot" and "The Hours," proves himself the screen's reigning master at showing passion thwarted or repressed.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Winslet's fierce, unerring portrayal goes beyond acting, becoming a provocation that will keep you up nights.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though the effort is uneven, it's a well-acted romance that becomes a less compelling courtroom drama.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
An engaging period drama. But German postwar guilt is not the most winning subject matter for the holiday season.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The film is notable for its nice performances, its handsome photography, and its very active music. If the preceding praise sounds generic, so is the movie.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The cast is superb: especially Kate Winslet, who transcends, by far, the limits of her character's narrow soul. Yet The Reader remains schematic, and ultimately reductive.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Provocatively intentioned, The Reader is a movie worth seeing - the kind of film you'll think about for days afterward. But when all is said and done, you're likely to wonder why the impact wasn't greater still.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A film made with high aspirations and more than the usual commitment but one that, after an arresting beginning, changes into a passive rumination.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
After a sensuous introductory act, The Reader descends into a series of dismaying contradictions regarding the moral toxins of the Holocaust - which still pollute postwar Germany.
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58 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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