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Based on 28 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 43 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The power of this Holocaust tale sneaks up and floors you. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Told from a different angle than any other Holocaust film I've seen. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Viewers should know that the film's resolution, though admirably restrained and unsentimental, is devastatingly sad. Parents should take this into account. This beautifully rendered family film is told in a classic and old-fashioned style, in the best sense, providing poignant and powerful teachable moments. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film succeeds to the degree that it does -- partially, but honorably and sometimes affectingly -- because it was made as well as it was. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    In key ways, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is like Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth": a child, caught in the waking nightmare of one of history's ugliest times, confronting the horrors of a grown-up world, and dealing with them as best he, or she, can. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Boyne's tale is starkly cautionary, and writer-director Herman handles a difficult topic with great sensitivity, drawing splendid performances from his young actors with David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga and the other grown-ups reliably efficient. show more

  • 40
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The faux-naive point of view probably worked better in the novel; the literalness of film renders certain of the story's conceits overly precious. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is not only about Germany during the war, although the story it tells is heartbreaking in more than one way. It is about a value system that survives like a virus. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Even though it unfolds almost entirely through a child's eyes, and contains no onscreen violence, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas packs as devastating a punch as an adult-oriented drama about the subject. Its concluding five minutes are almost impossible to watch. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Because its gaze is so level and so unyielding, it stands as one of the better dramatic films made on this subject (although it's not nearly as fine as Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants." show more

  • September 29, 2009 gijoe10537
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    so sad, but makes you think is one life worth anything? why was Brunos' life worth more than anyone elses 70 men died in that tank, did anyone care about them?

  • August 15, 2009 OneWayOnlyJesus
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    Great story. The movie makes a person stop and think about how destructive hate is to everyone, even innocent children, if they're of the wrong "culture". (I don't like to use the term "race" because all humans are of the human race and therefore we're all equal.)

  • May 04, 2009 God's child
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    Excellent film, I loved it.

  • April 10, 2009 jamesjowens1
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    Sad but very effective in telling the horror of the holocaust. Very realistic and could have easily happened. The SS had families that I'm sure were victims also. I think this is a very true and powerful film and story.We should never forget that this really was a huge although horrible part of history. God Bless all the victims and their families.

  • February 26, 2009 phpoling
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  • January 23, 2009 Kels4rocks
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    This was a fantastic movie. Sad, but was the Holocaust ever happy? I would recomend it for your gloomy days. It really makes you thankful for enerything in life.

  • December 29, 2008 younger137
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    this movie is a great movie to take an 8th grade and higher social studies class to go see. because it may not be a true story but it reflects off what the effects of World War II had on these poor people. So i am sorry if people did not find entertainment out of this movie but you should not go see a halocaust movie and expect to be entertained. This was a fantastic movie.

  • December 22, 2008 causa08
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    what a powerful and good movie! I highly recommend this to those who THINK and reflect on humanity--the good and evil side every person. It's not a movie to entertain or amuse you...if you want that, you have lots of choices. It'll have a great impact on you IF you're you're intelligent

  • December 21, 2008 suchness89ry
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    This movie should have a warning before you pay to see it. It is well acted yes, but not entertaining in the least. It was a sickening movie and would ruin anyone's night. The Pianist was a Nazi movie too, but it was a good one. This one was just horrific and depressing. Whoever thinks this is entertaining I cannot understand. If you want to learn about the horrific details of one of the most disgusting of all human atrcities, then see it, but if you want to enjoy your evening..stay away. I give it 1 star because there is no '0" Peace

  • December 15, 2008 Curl Up n Dye 99
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    TERRIFIC Movie! Must See!!!


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