'The Reader' Critic Reviews
Watertown Daily Times
...for the life of me I cannot figure out how the Academy Award voters could consider this film as year's most elite. Heck, I can't even understand how The Reader received five Oscar nominations.
Laramie Movie Scope
Like the main character's feelings about themselves and each other, I too have mixed feelings about this film.
Movies for the Masses
Epifaneiako ksysimo allis mias ekdohis tis ebraikis pligis poy prokalese i germaniki banaysotita, ayti ti fora employtismeni me eksanthropistiko erotiko proto misaoro, poy den kamoyflarei katholoy tis eksarseis symbatikotitas sto ksediploma, i tis melodra
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
How do you solve a problem like The Reader? It's deep and layered and sexy and Oscary and left no emotional impression. It happened and I left.
The Reader remains riveting as long as exquisite Winslet stays on screen.
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It tries so hard to construct something profound, the effort competes with the performances, stealing away some of the rawness of the emotions. But not all of them. Winslet and Kross are especially terrific.
Leonard Maltin's Picks
Suffers chiefly from a distasteful thematic overemphasis, though not far behind is the film's rather insistent self-flattery.
An airless vacuum labeled Serious Film
Jackie K. Cooper
Solid acting by star Kate Winslet but not by co-star Fiennes; the movie is complete in some areas but lacking in others
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Outstanding performances define "The Reader," but all pale in comparison with Kate Winslet's Hanna.
This is London
Winslet's intricate performance and Daldry's skills of persuasion make it a worthy memorial to its producers, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, the values of whose own films it faithfully replicates.
Daily Mirror [UK]
The Reader is a thoughtful and absorbing film, which is packed with delicately-structured twists and punctuated with truly impressive performances.
Director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter David Hare adapt Bernhard Schlink's novel into a shuffling, episodic entertainment that's undermined by inconsistent casting.
Impressively directed, superbly acted and emotionally engaging, this is a thought-provoking drama that practically screams Oscar.
Shadows on the Wall
An intelligent approach sets this intense drama apart from the crowd, recounting a morally complex story without telling us how to think
"The Reader" definitely could have more to offer the listener.
Since more time is spent exposing the milky white breasts of Kate Winslet than exposing the horrors of the Holocaust, viewers might be forgiven for thinking they stumbled into a big-budget remake of Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS.
It is the kind of movie that will have you questioning your reactions and is a skilful piece of emotional manipulation from Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry. But what really makes The Reader a must-see are the performances of Winslet and Kross.
Its issues are infinite and moveable. It's a bold and challenging work.
Daily Mail [UK]
Kate Winslet is the reason to see the sombre, understated, literary The Reader, which has touching moments but never delivers on its early promise.
Can a single performance redeem a whole movie? Heaven knows Kate Winslet does her damnedest to wrestle with the contradictions of The Reader.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
Despite a quietly heartbreaking performance from Kate Winslet and a talented director and screenwriter, The Reader feels more like a thumb sucker than a piece of vital moviemaking.
Pleasingly adult material powered by elegant, muscular performances. A strong adaptation of a slippery novel.