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The Reader (2008)

The Reader (2008)

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Summary

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Burk is reunited with his former lover (Winslet) as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Critic Reviews

  • B-

    Entertainment Weekly ( Lisa Schwarzbaum ) - ...a pretty good screen adaptation of a very good, semiautobiographical novel... more...

  • B-

    Entertainment Weekly ( Lisa Schwarzbaum ) - ...a pretty good screen adaptation of a very good, semiautobiographical novel... more...

  • B-

    New York Post ( Kyle Smith ) - The second half of the film does have some touching moments... more...

  • B-

    filmcritic.com ( Sean O'Connell ) - ...chilly and surprisingly detached... more...

  • B  

    Rolling Stone ( Peter Travers ) - ...(Winslet's) unerring portrayal goes beyond acting, becoming a provocation that will keep you up nights. more...

  • B  

    Los Angeles Times ( Kenneth Turan ) - ...succeeds solely due to Kate Winslet's performance. more...

  • C+

    New York Times ( Manohla Dargis ) - ...it’s about making the audience feel good about a historical catastrophe that grows fainter with each new tastefu more...

  • B  

    ReelViews ( James Berardinelli ) - ...worth seeing for those who enjoy complexity and moral ambiguity within the context of a melodrama. more...

  • C  

    San Francisco Chronicle ( Mick LaSalle ) - After an arresting beginning, it changes into a passive rumination. more...

  • B  

    USA Today ( Claudia Puig ) - ...a slow-moving but absorbing story of sexual awakening and moral dilemmas. more...


The Reader Box Office

WeekendRank# of TheatersWeekly GrossTotal Gross
December 12-14, 2008 25 8 $168,051 $179,970
December 19-21, 2008 29 8 $92,790 $349,240
December 26-28, 2008 22 116 $664,013 $1,243,690
January 2-4, 2009 17 398 $1,598,472 $3,553,578
January 9-11, 2009 18 507 $1,346,742 $5,510,453
January 16-18, 2009 20 417 $1,285,036 $7,575,034
January 23-25, 2009 20 367 $1,403,410 $9,661,121
January 30-February 1, 2009 15 1,002 $2,380,376 $12,655,858
February 6-8, 2009 14 862 $2,275,489 $16,033,070
February 13-15, 2009 15 742 $2,209,080 $19,157,194
February 20-22, 2009 14 962 $2,642,770 $23,011,596
February 27-March 1, 2009 13 1,203 $2,860,429 $26,949,964
March 6-8, 2009 12 1,175 $1,925,918 $29,860,949
March 13-15, 2009 14 1,002 $1,309,669 $31,887,248
March 20-22, 2009 18 704 $535,983 $32,900,557
March 27-29, 2009 19 324 $308,495 $33,484,347
April 3-5, 2009 21 232 $192,085 $33,807,465
April 10-12, 2009 29 132 $105,107 $34,006,517
April 17-19, 2009 38 105 $55,229 $34,111,418
April 24-26, 2009 56 55 $20,822 $34,157,651
May 1-3, 2009 65 35 $13,546 $34,180,954
May 8-10, 2009 79 16 $4,366 $34,192,652

Director

Writers

  • David Hare

  • Bernhard Schlink

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