How far would you go to protect a secret?
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz
|Screenplay||David Hare, from the book by Bernhard Schlink|
|Cinematography||Roger Deakins, Chris Menges|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS|
|Produced by||Mirage Enterprises, Neunte Babelsberg Film, The Weinstein Company|
|Nudity||Fairly frequent, no-sexual contexts, once scene shows flaccid male genitalia|
|Sex||Fairly frequent, moderate strength implication|
|Drug abuse||Social alcohol and tobacco|
|Comments||The themes are mature and unsuitable for younger viewers. An older woman has an affair with a 16 year old boy.|
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|Sex / Nudity
||Blood / Gore / Gross
|Guns / Weapons
||Alcohol / Drugs
||Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
|Frightening / Tense Scenes
||Tense Family Scenes
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What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star|
Theresa Smith The film has its moments, but overall, it feels manipulative.
Rebekah Kendal The Reader leaves an imprint on your mind long after the credits have rolled, the lights have gone up and the popcorn has been cleaned off the seats.
Leon van Nierop It will be an experience that will linger in your mind.
Ivan Sadler The Reader is sometimes uncomfortable viewing, both for its frank look at the deeds and twisted politics of the Holocaust, and the close examination of dysfunctional people. As downbeat as that sounds, it manages to remain entertaining through excellent performances.
John P. McCarthy Despite the controversial relationship and the incendiary nature of the historical issues raised, The Reader feels tepid and overly languid.
|Chicago Sunday Times|
Roger Ebert I believe the movie may be demonstrating a fact of human nature: Most people, most of the time, all over the world, choose to go along. We vote with the tribe.
Peter Travers Director Stephen Daldry and playwright David Hare, collaborators on The Hours, have done something profoundly right in bringing Bernhard Schlink's controversial German novel to the screen: They've made it personal.
C. Fuchs Winslet's stellar performance and the interesting story make The Reader hard to put down or forget.
Tomatometer Despite Kate Winslet's superb portrayal, The Reader suggests an emotionally distant, Oscar-baiting historical drama.
What the People say
18502 Netizens A Great Read
Average .. 69%