Can the endorsement of both the Oscars and Oprah’s Book Club ever be wrong? Absolutely. But not here. Adapted from Bernhard Schlink’s 1997 best-seller, The Reader is a three-hankie haymaker is a prestige picture that delivers. A teenage German boy (fantastic newcomer David Kross) tumbles into a passionate, secret affair with an older woman (Best Actress winner Winslet). He reads The Odyssey to her before rounds of steamy lovemaking. Then she vanishes and breaks his young heart. Years later, he rediscovers her when she is put on trial for war crimes committed as a guard at Auschwitz. Fiennes, at his icy best, helps stick the landing as the grown-up version of Kross’ character in the film’s flashback framing device. ?EXTRAS include a heap of deleted scenes (none of which are missed) and a peek at Winslet’s old-age makeup regimen. A?
(Melinda Sue Gordon)
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, David Kross; Director: Stephen Daldry; Author: David Hare; Release Date Limited: 12/10/2008; Release Date Wide: 01/09/2009; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Posted April 8 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Chris Rock announces first stand-up tour in 9 years
- 'Transformers: The Last Knight' trailer: Humans and Transformers face off
- George R.R. Martin on 'Winds of Winter': 'Things are getting worse'
- 'Green Hornet' star Van Williams dies at 82
- 'Baywatch' is hitting the beach on Memorial Day weekend
- Beyoncé was already a star at age 10, unearthed footage proves
- See Madonna twerk to 'Bitch I'm Madonna' on Carpool Karaoke
- The 11 Most Prolific TV Holiday Movie Actors
- Go Behind the Scenes of EW's Chrissy Teigen Photoshoot
- The 'Office Christmas Party' Cast Decks the Halls With Merry Mayhem
- The Best Gifts For 'Gilmore Girls' Fans
- See Exclusive Photos From Star-Studded Performances of 'Oh, Hello'
- 35 Photos of Britney Spears For Her 35th Birthday