The Reader Synopsis
A law student's former lover (Kate Winslet) goes on trial for Nazi war crimes.
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Winslet deserves an Oscar for her amazing performance.
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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...
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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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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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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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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Reader.

By Daydream
The Reader is a lonely and unforgiving story of a boy who falls in love with a woman more than twice his age and never stops loving her even after she leaves unexpectedly. They have a heated summer...

Very good!

By Lgoaliefan
This was an excellent movie. Everyone in it was wonderful. I would recommend seeing this movie....

The full Monty in a unfulfilling film

I'm disappointed that the director chose to tortured us with so mush sex and nudity that he lost the shock value. The multiple scenes became as dull as the story. While we are expected to see deep...

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By Chariotier
Excellent movie all around. My attention never lagged. The less you know about it the more you will enjoy it. So don't read any detailed reviews. You know how the critics can ruin it for you!!!...

I'M MAD! Why didn't anyone tell me what a GREAT MOVIE THIS IS!!!

By AngieCim
WHAT HAPPENED? Did these people run out of advertising money? Did all the theaters get snow blinded with Buttons and Slumdog? I saw this movie twice already and I am taking my daughter and her...

The Reader lacked the Writers

By JDB728
I saw this after seeing it'd been nominated for a few major awards, but didn't know what to expect. Now that I've seen it, the only good part about this movie is Kate Winslet's acting, and while it...

Worth Reading

By amamoviecritic
Which is greater: shame-based behavior on a grand, murderous scale, or shame-based behavior on a singular, personal scale? Which is more needed: justice or forgiveness? What is more tragic: sex...

Unique Relationships

By tcripps
The Reader was faithful to the book according to my wife. Both men protraying the lead male character were excellent, revealing personal weakness and flaws in a believeable way. Kate Winslet was...

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By chuchunezbie
This was the best soft-core porn film I've ever seen! When it comes to regular cinema, it was far from best. I was pretty satisfied in being dissatisfied with this movie. I didn't expect much from...

Dark Tender Heartbreaking

By Boportmouth
Good lord does this movie ask you to think. Not since Hard Candy has my mind whirled from such a film. Go see it. This movie will make you ask questions and consider that which is best left NEVER...

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Rated R | For some scenes of sexuality and nudity