The Reader

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Reader

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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.
Statement of Responsibility: the Weinstein Company presents ; a Mirage Enterprises production ; a Neunte Babelsberg Film GmBH production ; directed by Stephen Daldry ; screenplay by David Hare ; produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
Title: The reader
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, Weinstein Co. Home Entertainment ;, Santa Monica, Calif. :, Distributed by Genius Products,, c2009
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This 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.

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

The book was better.

Report This 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.

hey kid what are u ? chinese or japanese

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

Definitely a sad story. Winslet is excellent; David Kross as young Michael Berg and the great Ralph Fiennes as well. I was, like many others, flabbergasted at young Michael's silence in dealing with Hanna's sentencing for a report she couldn't possibly have been responsible for. But I'm also somewhat surprised at the lack of commentary about the ages of the above, and their adult relationship that summer in '58. If I'm not mistaken, Michael was fifteen, and at movie's end we see that Hanna was born in '22, which would've made her 36. I wonder, if the genders were reversed, and the fifteen year old was female, would we be hearing an uproar of "statutory rape!"? Interesting...

Report This Nov 19, 2011
  • kwarah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This ILLITRATE woman, ashamed of admitting of being illitrate, paid a very heavy price for crimes committed by the NAZI's. Micheal could have testified the woman is illitrate, therefore not responsible for the report of the 300 dead ppeople. This is injustice at it's best. VERY SAD FILM!!!!

Report This Aug 29, 2011
  • hellyale rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Plot : 4 Stars Acting: 5 Stars Predictability: 3 Stars Makes me want to read to ladies: 5 Stars. Have to see a penis: 1 star. Frustration at one characters stubbornness: 5 stars Natural, unfolding in a slow yet steady pace, hooking and dragging you for the ride. Some loose ends but nothing too major. This movie will leave you questioning the system of justice our culture takes for granted. The questions of law being situational, and character judgement not taken in to consideration. Sad yet Happy, Seductive yet innocent. Not recommended for those under the age of 13.

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

This was an incredible movie, great acting and a wonderful script. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. Good movie for a date night.

Report This Jul 07, 2011
  • bstudent rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

although a romantic/drama, ewh...a solid movie/story.

Report This Jun 07, 2011
  • SheilaHN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is by far one of the best movie I've watched. Its entertaining, humorous, and thought provoking. Winslet did an excellent job portraying the complex character of Hanna and David Kross was absolutely convincing as the innocent, sensitive and torn, young Michael Berg. To me, Michael's inaction at the trial was due to multi layer of reasons. He was ashamed of his association with Hanna. He was angry and felt betrayed. Her chosen silence seem to re-affirm her guilt. Most of all, I think there was a part of him especially after visiting Auschwitz that may feel Hanna deserves to pay for her crime. Most people don't take the hardest path even though they know its the right thing to do. Unfortunately, its the real world. To me, his inaction was very realistic. Contrary to many, I don't think this is a sad film. It's very moving and about a serious subject, the Holocaust, but the ending was full of hope. I really like that this movie tells the story of the Holocaust from a different angle, an angle I did not expect. It broadened my perspective on the subject...and makes me pause for a moment to think about this and feel something for someone like Hanna. When a movie can do that, its really something. Highly recommend this movie and can't wait to read the book next.

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

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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  • cstabix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

cstabix thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Report This 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.

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

Sexual Content: and nudity

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

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Report This 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."

Report This 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.

Report This 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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  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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