The Reader

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What is the nature of guilt–and how can the human spirit survive when confronted with deep and horrifying truths? The Reader, a hushed and haunting meditation on these knotty questions, is sorrowful and shocking, yet leavened by a deep love story that is its heart. In postwar Germany, young schoolboy Michael (German actor David Cross) meets and begins a tender romance with the older, mysterious Hanna (Kate Winslet, whose performance is a revelation). The two make love hung… More >>

The Reader

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  1. I’ve read the book and seen the movie and while the movie is less tendentious and historically false than the book, it has serious moral problems as one reviewer notes. By sexualizing Kate Winslett and making her vulnerable through her nudity, it pushes us to both sympathize and eroticize her character, judging her despicable behavior much more difficult. But make no mistake: she was not powerless despite the movie’s shameful attempt to make us believe she was. Nor is her “secret” remotely believable in the context of the times. I’ve reviewed the movie elsewhere, and am very sorry that so many viewers and reviewers think this is a profound treatment of the Holocaust or the human condition or anything at all:


    The greatest irony of all is that Kate Winslett, playing a foul-mouthed actress on “Extras,” said that the only way to get an Oscar was to play a “cripple” or be in a Holocaust movie. The writers of “Extras” certainly got that one right.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Slow story line, too much nudity, male & female but that is part of the story. Really gets interesting half way throught. Twist at the end of the movie, good watch.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. wow! I wanted to hate this movie because of the content, however, you can’t help but peek. I’m glad I got through the first half because it was worth it. Winslet deserved the oscar!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Kate Winslet at her best. A superb movie, with an unusual love story that twists and turns as Kate’s character ages towards the conclusion of the movie.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. I thought this would be a movie that I would have little intrest in, how wrong I was. I was hooked 15 minutes into and could not stop watching.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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