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The Reader Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

...tasteful, dignified, stuffy... Read full review

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  • 3.0
    58

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The cast is superb: especially Kate Winslet, who transcends, by far, the limits of her character's narrow soul. Yet The Reader remains schematic, and ultimately reductive.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The film is notable for its nice performances, its handsome photography, and its very active music. If the preceding praise sounds generic, so is the movie.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    An engaging period drama. But German postwar guilt is not the most winning subject matter for the holiday season.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though the effort is uneven, it's a well-acted romance that becomes a less compelling courtroom drama.

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