Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Book Thief Reviews

3.0

53

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard Roeper

    This is one of the best movies of the year, featuring one of the most perfect endings of any movie in recent memory.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    VarietyDennis Harvey

    The Book Thief has been brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste by director Brian Percival and writer Michael Petroni.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyAdam Markovitz

    It would make for a pretty ghastly pageant if not for smart, understated turns by Watson and Geoffrey Rush as the charmingly Teutonic couple who rescue both Liesel and a stranded Jew (Ben Schnezter) — not to mention the movie itself — with honorable matter-of-factness.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Anchoring the story is 9-year-old Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse), whose first scenes are riveting.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterStephen Farber

    You may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    It relays an uplifting story that, ill-advisedly, is not so much Holocaust-era as Holocaust-adjacent, determined to steer clear of too much discomfort.

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