Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
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  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Aug 1, 2011
    60
    Exceptional turns by Mélusine Mayance and the ever-excellent Kristin Scott Thomas illuminate a tense and compelling story. The contrived modern-day framing works less well.
  2. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Jul 28, 2011
    60
    Shown in flashbacks, the story of 10-year-old Sarah Starzynski is powerful, thanks in large part to the luminous screen presence of young Mélusine Mayance.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jul 21, 2011
    60
    Though the picture is lovingly and often quite strikingly shot and styled, there are too many dangling and swiftly clipped threads for the film to amount to more than another tasteful Sunday matinee set against one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.
  4. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Jul 20, 2011
    60
    That Sarah's Key never quite descends into melodrama is a credit to the strength of Scott Thomas' performance, more than to the writing.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 19, 2011
    60
    When Sarah's Key leans into the horror (as it should), it's harrowing. Alas, that's only half the time.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jul 22, 2011
    55
    The glib story and hectoring structure undermine the filmmakers' best intentions.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 20, 2011
    50
    Sarah's need to save her brother provides the initial raison d'être, but with the mystery is resolved early on Sarah's Key turns into a flimsy meditation on grief.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 22, 2011
    40
    A dramatic tale of survival and horrific memories struggles against distracting melodrama in Sarah's Key, and unfortunately, melodrama wins.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 21, 2011
    40
    Ms. Scott Thomas is as intelligent and attractive as ever, but the synthetic world her character inhabits can't compete with a harrowing past that depicts French complicity in Nazi atrocities.
  10. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Jul 21, 2011
    40
    Undone by its very premise: that the two stories it tells can coexist in the same film.
  11. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jul 19, 2011
    40
    Dutifully follows the template of scores of movies about the Shoah: wringing from atrocity the most unseemly sentimentality.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 29, 2014
    4
    A film is not necessarily successful for featuring a moving depiction of difficulties revolving around the Holocaust. Sarah's Key misses theA film is not necessarily successful for featuring a moving depiction of difficulties revolving around the Holocaust. Sarah's Key misses the mark, especially with Kristin Scott-Thomas. Full Review »
  2. Jul 26, 2014
    7
    An intelligent movie: good plot, original idea, talks about a fact that only few people know (Vel D'Hiv). Maybe the ending is a bit long andAn intelligent movie: good plot, original idea, talks about a fact that only few people know (Vel D'Hiv). Maybe the ending is a bit long and there are quite a lot of characters: sometimes it is difficult to follow them. In the complex me and my gf appreciated the movie. Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    10
    Interesting and heartbreaking movie in many respects. However....I watched this movie with English sub-titles and these were the worstInteresting and heartbreaking movie in many respects. However....I watched this movie with English sub-titles and these were the worst sub-titles that I have seen in 40 years of watching foreign films. The company who did the subtitles obviously did not either speak French or English - one or the other. The subtitles looked as if they had been done by a computer generated program like Babel Fish or Google Translate with all of the faux pas and oddities that come with using those programs. To me, the screwed up subtitles were off-putting and detracted from the movie. Besides the screwed up translations, there were spelling errors such as words with a Quote Mark at one end of the sentence and no closing quote. One line said something like "I will meet u". instead of "you". These are mistakes that should not have happened in the international release of a movie. Full Review »