The Reader

DVD - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"What have we learned (and what might we have forgotten) from history's bloody backwash? Guilt, love, and history are three skeins, woven together to create human beings or, alternately, human monsters. The question of wartime culpability undergirds the May-December romance in postwar Berlin between Hanna, a weary-looking, sexually rapacious streetcar ticket-taker and Michael, a young schoolboy whom she seduces, ravenously and to his great delight. One day, Hanna is gone, with no explanation, and Michael grows into a promising young law student. His class attends a trial, where the new Germany judges the past and, by default, the lovers as well."--Container.


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Jan 16, 2015

very well written

Jan 15, 2015
  • susanjbrittain rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fantastic piece of story telling with complicated emotions and choices. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it with the warning for some that it delves into the holocaust.

Dec 13, 2014
  • slarsen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent story with good casting! Highly recommend.

Jun 12, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Pretty good “love” story that goes against the usual grain and even has a bit to say--but ultimately I didn't find myself all that invested. Bonus points for being about the holocaust without being too overbearing with the pathos.

May 07, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well done story. Worth watching.

Oct 29, 2013
  • pegasus71 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The spoken language of English seemed glaringly inappropriate, especially in the court room scenes, with the exception, of course, in the final scenes taking place in New York City. While Winslet does a fine job in her role, nevertheless I found it very disconcerting to hear her speak English with a German accent as well as the German actors, especially Bruno Ganz (whom I’ve seen in many wonderful German language films) speaking English in the context of this story. It all impressed me as very artificial and significantly undercut the reality and power of the storyline. I understand that Daldry, being a Britisher, was probably not equipped to deal with making the film in German. However, it would have been greatly enhanced if the appropriate languages had been used.

Jun 15, 2013
  • druby1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was better.

Mar 25, 2013
  • angie_3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very touching and sad movie. It's very well done. There is some content not meant for younger audiences.

Mar 15, 2013

hey kid what are u ? chinese or japanese

Jan 13, 2013
  • DiannaH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding movie. Kate Winslet was superb. One of the best movies I have seen.

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Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

May 20, 2011
  • varaidzo89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

varaidzo89 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Oct 31, 2009
  • cstabix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

cstabix thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Teacher: "The notion of secrecy is central to Western literature. You may say, the whole idea of character is defined by people holding specific information which for various reasons, sometimes perverse, sometimes noble, they are determined not to disclose."

Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Michael: I'm not frightened. I'm not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it, forgive its vice. I will be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete and that thing is love.

Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hanna Schmitz: It doesn't matter what I feel. It doesn't matter what I think. The dead are still dead.

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Sep 06, 2011
  • haploU5 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fifteen year old boy, Michael, has an affair with an older woman, Hanna, in post WWII Germany. Hanna, lonely and a little troubled, seems to get solace from having Michael read to her. One day, Michael stops by her appartment only to find her gone.
Years later, Michael is a law student and attends a Nazi war crime trial where they meet again.

Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

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Feb 21, 2012
  • raghoud87 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: and nudity

Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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