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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 37 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It does provide audiences with the satisfaction of seeing and hearing an important truth expressed, and that's better than making you feel good. That's making you feel something. show more

  • 75
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    Sarah's Key is, for the most part, an exercise in reserve. We never see Hitler, never enter battle. Paquet-Brenner (Pretty Things, Walled In), rightly tells his Holocaust story as it now lives: through survivors and descendants. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Scott Thomas is as intelligent and attractive as ever, but the synthetic world her character inhabits can't compete with a harrowing past that depicts French complicity in Nazi atrocities. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Excellent performances make the movie effective. Yet the flashbacks have a depth and resonance largely absent from the modern scenes. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A dramatic tale of survival and horrific memories struggles against distracting melodrama in Sarah's Key, and unfortunately, melodrama wins. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The movie gathers momentum with a steady, assured pace, accumulating incidents, characters, secrets and lies until the rush of events is absolutely transfixing. Cinema can sometimes rival the novel in compulsive intensity and Sarah's Key is one such example. show more

  • 55
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The glib story and hectoring structure undermine the filmmakers' best intentions. show more

  • 60
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Though the picture is lovingly and often quite strikingly shot and styled, there are too many dangling and swiftly clipped threads for the film to amount to more than another tasteful Sunday matinee set against one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    That makes Sarah's Key that rare Holocaust tale that punches through the cobwebs of history and its dry, inhuman statistics, and brings that terrible past to life. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Unlike most films about the Holocaust, which has provided artists with an infinite array of heartrending stories and tragedies, Sarah's Key doesn't spend much time recounting the horrors that Jews suffered during World War II. show more

  • January 21, 2012 tatilupi
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    Fantastic book, I can\'t wait to see the movie.

  • December 14, 2011 nq4deml
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    Do not miss this film.

  • November 25, 2011 Daze
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    Brilliant work! don\'t listen to paid critics!

  • November 15, 2011 lisa pelletier
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    I literally just finished reading \"Sarah\'s Key\" and am anxious to see the film!! The book was so sad and beautiful at the same time it brought me to tears... I have read many of the horrors that occured during the Holocaust but to read of the unjust killing of so may children makes my heart break for everyone who suffered during that time.

  • November 07, 2011 tu00000000104770
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    DO NOT MISS this film!!! Can\'t understand critics who didn\'t like it, but anyone who did not is is in the wrong line of work. Very important piece handled with utmost sensitivity and accuracy. SEE IT !!!

  • November 06, 2011 rssingal
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    Brings to life the reality of the horrors that took place. Riveting, dramatic, captivating . . .

  • October 11, 2011 jcmercy
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    Loved the movie as much as the book. To think this could be only one of thousands of stories is heartwrenching.

  • September 29, 2011 wolfclic
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    I really enjoyed the movie!! Same story different aspect. Brilliant.

  • September 09, 2011 wk00000000101579
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    Great story, characters & acting!

  • September 08, 2011 rileybutler
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    Wonderful movie!!!! Well-done script. The flashbacks make the story easy to follow. The subtitles were a plus, not a minus. I thought the acting was excellent, even though I knew nothing about any of them... I think this is a \"dojnt miss\" film that will probably get the Oscar for Best Foreign Film...


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