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Review: 'The Book Thief,' Starring Geoffrey Rush, a Well-Meaning but Oddly Muted Holocaust Tale

Thompson on Hollywood By Meredith Brody | Thompson on Hollywood November 8, 2013 at 12:59PM

"The Book Thief," adapted from Markus Zusak's best-selling novel, is a well-meaning re-telling of the oft-told tale: the Holocaust was a time of unimaginable horror, but even during the worst moments of man's inhumanity to man, there were good people around who adopted the children of Communists and sheltered Jews in their basements.
Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse in "The Book Thief"
Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse in "The Book Thief"

Markus Zusak’s international bestseller “The Book Thief” has been brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste by director Brian Percival and writer Michael Petroni. This tale of Nazi Germany seen from a child’s perspective translates into solidly engaging drama, albeit one that may not be starry, flashy or epic enough to muscle its way into the front ranks of awards-season contenders. Bolstered by the novel’s fans, the Fox release (which opens limited Nov. 8) should ride solid reviews and word of mouth to midlevel prestige returns in line with such comparable medium-scaled WWII dramas as “The Reader” and “The Pianist.”

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