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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material including the Holocaust.

PG-13 In Theaters 11/7/2008 , 94min.
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Viewer Score
71%
Viewer score based on 69 ratings
55%
Critic score based on 28 reviews

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September 29, 2009
GIJoe10537
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
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
Amberfwn
Excellent film, I loved it.
April 10, 2009
Jamesjowens1
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.
March 21, 2009
IN 2 IRON
This is a MUST SEE , emotionally disturbing film. IRONY in its purest form. My husband and I saw it last night and I dont think we will ever be the same after seeing this film. The film focuses more on the forbidden relationship bewteen two 8 year old boys--one the son of a Nazi commander and the other a Jewish boy in a concentration camp. The film is riveting and shocking. Everyone, Jewish and

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Washington Post
Although it's a far less objectionable Holocaust revision than, say, Roberto Benigni's "Life Is Beautiful," Herman's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is yet another attempt to revisit a sorrowful event in history that should never be forgotten or used for entertainment. Full Review
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. Full Review
Derek Elley
Variety
Opening half-hour has some of the best stuff in the movie, walking a precarious line between black irony and showing the war from a totally German viewpoint, without tipping over into gallows humor or parody. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas should be heartbreaking, but it isn't. The muted quality of its impact is the result of narrative shortcuts and a desire to keep the images from being too startling. Full Review
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. Full Review

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