Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: November 8, 2013
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foxgroveMar 9, 2014
An air of artifice hangs over 'The Book Thief' like a heavy fog and not even seasoned pro's like Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush can save it from being a stultifying bore. This Second World War story is based on a best selling novel but itsAn air of artifice hangs over 'The Book Thief' like a heavy fog and not even seasoned pro's like Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush can save it from being a stultifying bore. This Second World War story is based on a best selling novel but its adaptation here is protracted and bloodless and must be classed a major disappointment. Young Sophie Nelisse, as the titular character, looks the part but her line delivery at times comes over as phonetic. The production itself looks immaculate, but again this is also a big problem. as everything is just so pristine. At one point Emily Watson berates the girl as being 'filthy' when in fact she looks as if she is on her way to a photo shoot. A bogus in-authenticity pervades and prevents the film from generating any true emotion or pathos. John Williams' pretty score adds to the detrimental effect and actually feels as if it belongs to another type of movie in another era. A couple of scenes do ignite. The cellar search grabs one's attention temporarily and the ending, coming as it does from left field, causes one to stir in a way that the rest of the film never does. I also have to mention that the scene where Geoffrey Rush plays his accordion whilst everyone is hiding in an air raid shelter, made me think that the cast were going to start singing Oom Pah Pah a la Carol Reed's musical Oliver! One thing I did like was the unusual narrative device which is intrigueingly employed at the beginning and used to devastating effect at the end. Expand
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ecojuliaseFeb 20, 2014
I'll try and write in English, I apologize if I make mistakes. I actually had great expectations about this movie, I had heard of the book a long time ago. It disappointed me. It's unreal, and fake. The girl reacts in a very artificial way toI'll try and write in English, I apologize if I make mistakes. I actually had great expectations about this movie, I had heard of the book a long time ago. It disappointed me. It's unreal, and fake. The girl reacts in a very artificial way to the things that happen to her, it tastes like lie. The movie is full of empty speeches, that sound good but mean nothing at all. The characters are cursory. You get the sensation the director is trying to tell you something, but in the end he's just saying obvious stuff like it's amazing. They say "We have to. We're people" or something like that all the time. I was like: don't you say? Don't get me wrong, it's a good start for a reflection when it goes with other information. It's a cliché, in all senses. But it entertains you. Expand
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AlexSoderlundJul 7, 2014
This movie is an embarrassing thing. First off, the title, "The Book Thief" doesn't even really apply to the movie at all. She steals books on 2 occasions but that's it. I don't even know what the story is. They're so many events going on andThis movie is an embarrassing thing. First off, the title, "The Book Thief" doesn't even really apply to the movie at all. She steals books on 2 occasions but that's it. I don't even know what the story is. They're so many events going on and NONE OF THEM ARE IMPORTANT TO THE STORY LINE WHATSOEVER. The book thievery happens in a 15 minute span of the whole 2 hour movie. As a historian, it pains me to view their feeble attempt to cover WW2. The chronology of the war is all screwed up. They had Germans still deporting Jews in 1942, which all deportation had been dealt with. Lezeil and Rudy's fathers had been drafted into the war. Let us take the time to note these two gentlemen are in their late 60s or 70s. Now men like this were drafted into the war, but later in the war like 1944/45. The drafting for these men happens in 41. The movie tries to give the viewer a notion of time passing, BUT ALL THE CHARACTERS LOOK AND ACT THE SAME AS THEY DID IN THE BEGINNING OF THE FILM. All in all this is a pitiful movie, with weak to no apparent story line, pathetic acting, and a time line that went to **** Expand
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dylan111Nov 22, 2014
If you loved the book, as I did, then avoid this movie because it's a complete disappointment. The novel draws you in and keeps you turning the pages; the film seems endless. One of the biggest flaws is just how terrible the child actors are.
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oDjentoFeb 4, 2016
Been a while since I saw this but when i went to the cinema I thought it would be a haunting and character driven story that would be enchanting to watch. Instead, I got a serious of random instances to "develop" characters along withBeen a while since I saw this but when i went to the cinema I thought it would be a haunting and character driven story that would be enchanting to watch. Instead, I got a serious of random instances to "develop" characters along with predictable story lines and an emotionless feel to all characters; I conceded no empathy for them. The film was bland and ends on a skewed note. A real snore fest to be frank, and the positive user feedback is truly bewildering.
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