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

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by Meredith Brody
November 8, 2013 12:59 PM
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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.”

2 Comments

  • JON | December 10, 2013 7:06 PMReply

    The Book Thief is much better than this review would lead you to believe. Way better than Schindler's List - in my opinion. Cheers.

  • Marie | November 22, 2013 11:00 PMReply

    Just a little correction: the name of the actress who plays Liesel is Sophie Nélisse, not Sophie Melisse. It is a french-canadian name. Thanks!

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