The Reader

How far would you go to protect a secret?


The Reader
Winslet's Oscar-winning turn hits our screens at last. The film starts off in 1958 when her character begins a sexual affair with a 16 year old boy. One day, she just disappears. Eight years later, he's a law student, and is shocked to discover that his former lover is now on trial as a Nazi prison guard. Her guilty sentence is assured, but he knows something that may affect the severity of her sentence. However he is ashamed of his affair with her, leaving him with a moral dilemma...

122 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Sex, Nudity).
Drama, Romance, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz
Director
Stephen Daldry
ScreenplayDavid Hare, from the book by Bernhard Schlink
MusicNico Muhly
CinematographyRoger Deakins, Chris Menges
EditingClaire Simpson
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2008
Produced byMirage Enterprises, Neunte Babelsberg Film, The Weinstein Company

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageNone
NudityFairly frequent, no-sexual contexts, once scene shows flaccid male genitalia
SexFairly frequent, moderate strength implication
ViolenceNone
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseSocial alcohol and tobacco
CommentsThe themes are mature and unsuitable for younger viewers. An older woman has an affair with a 16 year old boy.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
4
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconThe film has its moments, but overall, it feels manipulative.
10
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
15
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
10
iAfrica.com
Rebekah Kendal quote iconThe 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.
15
The Citizen
Leon van Nierop quote iconIt will be an experience that will linger in your mind.
18
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
24.com
Ivan Sadler quote iconThe 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.
15
Box Office
John P. McCarthy quote iconDespite the controversial relationship and the incendiary nature of the historical issues raised, The Reader feels tepid and overly languid.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconI 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.
18
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconDirector 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.
15
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconWinslet's stellar performance and the interesting story make The Reader hard to put down or forget.
13
Metacritic.com
38 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
174 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconDespite Kate Winslet's superb portrayal, The Reader suggests an emotionally distant, Oscar-baiting historical drama.
12

What the People say

Internet
18502 Netizens quote iconA Great Read
16

Average .. 69%

14

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