The Book Thief Image
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics What's this?

User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0

Trailer

Autoplay: On | Off

Where To Watch

Stream On
Stream On
Stream On
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 14, 2013
    100
    This is one of the best movies of the year, featuring one of the most perfect endings of any movie in recent memory.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 7, 2013
    75
    Overall, it’s engaging and serves its young audience well — a rare Holocaust movie that doesn’t strain to become Oscar bait.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 4, 2013
    70
    The Book Thief has been brought to the screen with quiet effectiveness and scrupulous taste by director Brian Percival and writer Michael Petroni.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Nov 7, 2013
    60
    You may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    The film is unobjectionable, sentimental, and not a little dull.
  6. 50
    Directed by Brian Percival, best known for his work on "Downton Abbey," the film has the similar quality of a well-appointed historical soap opera.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 8, 2013
    20
    The Book Thief is a shameless piece of Oscar-seeking Holocaust kitsch.

See all 31 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. Feb 2, 2014
    10
    I was pleasantly surprised by this film. A keeper for sure because some of its messages will always be applicable. Don't let the meagerI was pleasantly surprised by this film. A keeper for sure because some of its messages will always be applicable. Don't let the meager earnings ($568,500) fool you or lousy overpaid critics. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    10
    "A Menina Que Roubava Livros" é impressionante. Ótima fotografia, intérpretes impressionantes e uma história de arrepiar. Emocionante e muito"A Menina Que Roubava Livros" é impressionante. Ótima fotografia, intérpretes impressionantes e uma história de arrepiar. Emocionante e muito bem feito, tiro o chapéu pra essa obra-prima. Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2015
    9
    The film-making style seems disconcertingly glossy given the downbeat themes.

    Click here to watch the movie
    The film-making style seems disconcertingly glossy given the downbeat themes.

    Click here to watch the movie http://www.watchfree.to/watch-1161db-The-Book-Thief-movie-online-free-putlocker.html
    Expand
  4. Apr 16, 2014
    7
    While this film definitely had it's flaws, it was enjoyable and worth watching. The first flaw is that it the entire movie was fairly slow,While this film definitely had it's flaws, it was enjoyable and worth watching. The first flaw is that it the entire movie was fairly slow, which may or may not actually be a bad thing. The main flaw is how they leave so many details out as well as some of the aesthetic details. More than a few years progress in the story and yet the only thing that changes in the main character is her hair style ans maybe a bit of makeup. Many story details are left unresolved such Max's story and the girl's mother. Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2014
    7
    Markus Zusak in my opinion is one of the better modern novelists. I've read most of his books, out of all of them, no question, my favorite isMarkus Zusak in my opinion is one of the better modern novelists. I've read most of his books, out of all of them, no question, my favorite is The Book Thief. I often recommend this book to almost every book-lover, so it's to no one's surprise that I was looking forward to this movie, because out of what I had seen in the trailers, it seemed fine. However, after seeing it, I still recommend the book, because if you only see the movie, you will be simply missing out.
    I've never watched a movie by Brian Percival before this one, so I can't compare this movie with some of his other works, but from what I've seen, I can't really blame the shortcomings of the movie on the director. There are some enjoyable and well-done scenes in this movie, it's wonderfully shot. Two exclusions to take into account - the overall feel seems off, if you've read the book you will get what I mean. The movie is much more relaxing and somehow warm than the book, but I will leave out anything specific for the sake of spoilers, and second: the length. This was my primary consearn when I heard about this movie, because I know for a fact that you can't fit a 500+ page novel in a 2 hour movie, you have to leave some stuff out if you can. In the case of The Book Thief - there is almost nothing to leave out without ruining the experience in the process. I blame the director for these, because for one - since it's a book, I suppose it's simply his view on things, but even at that, I can quote out passages that prove the setting is off, it's like he has read the book once. And for the lenght - if you see the movie, you will notice that this movie is not cheaply made, I think they could have gone the extra mile and it wouldn't have costed them that much to add another hour like the movie deserves.
    In the end, story-wise, we get 3 developed characters, 2 semi-developed and a lot - simply missing from the plot. Also gone is the intriguing narrative that is present in the book (not absolutely, but noticeably). The movie simply coudln't handle the whole plot, but even if I look at it as simply a movie - the characters are still underdeveloped.
    The acting in the movie is good, most notable was Geoffrey Rush, he is just the perfect fit for his role - everytime he was on screen you could sense it, he is, by far, the movie's highlight when it comes to acting. My biggest disappointments were Sophie Nélisse who was a terrible choice for a protagonist - she was bland and had little to do with the character from the book when it comes to personality, and also Nico Liersch who had just two moments in the movie where he was good-ish, the rest was terrible and I don't know who in their right mind chose this boy. He just seems to not feel like acting in half the movie, and he is supposed to play one of the more-important roles. Also, on a side note, the guy who plays his father, couldn't find his name - he is terrible too. Guess it runs in the imaginary family.
    When it comes to the soundtrack in the movie, I have to point out that there were two moments where the soundtrack was being weird. I won't spoil it, but I'm pretty sure any normal person will notice it if they are paying attention.
    All in all, my biggest gripe with the movie is it that it's too short - there is no character development, very weak narrative (compared to the book), pathetic ending... all in all - a very weak script adaptation by Michael Petroni, which is no surprise to me. I still say - read the book, it's great and I believe you will have a lot more fun with it. If you are a fan of the book and are curious, however, give this movie a chance, because even with all of the above - I'm rating a 7/10, because all in all it's enjoyable - it's shot nicely, it's even beautiful and creative at times (just not as often as it should) and it's still worth your time if you don't go in expecting a masterpiece.
    Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2013
    6
    This is one of those trying-to-be-touching stories about a child growing up during war. This time it's a 9 year-old girl, who is adopted byThis is one of those trying-to-be-touching stories about a child growing up during war. This time it's a 9 year-old girl, who is adopted by new parents (Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany. She develops a love of books and shares it with the Jew hidden in the basement (isn't there always one?). The deliberate pacing means that it often takes too long for scenes to develop. There's a constant sense of dread, but never much real drama. So many plot points are predictable and the whole things feels manipulative in a Hallmark Movie of the Week style. While it's competently made, it's slight on emotional impact. On a side note: It also observes one of those silly Hollywood traditions. The people are all supposed to be German, but they speak English with a German accent (and a few actual German words are sprinkled about). Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2014
    0
    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 onThis 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

See all 44 User Reviews

Trailers