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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is 8 years old in 1940s Berlin when his daddy (David Thewlis) moves Mama (Vera Farmiga) and the kids closer to work.… 2008-11-07 PG-13 PT86M Drama Asa Butterfield Zac Mattoon O'Brien Miramax
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | Disturbing Boy : Avoid this troubling Holocaust film
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Disturbing Boy: Avoid this troubling Holocaust film
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Limited Release: Nov 07, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 86 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Asa Butterfield; Distributor: Miramax

Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is 8 years old in 1940s Berlin when his daddy (David Thewlis) moves Mama (Vera Farmiga) and the kids closer to work. Small detail: Dad is a Nazi officer who runs a concentration camp. Gaping at a strange nearby ''farm,'' the inquisitive lad befriends a boy on the other side of the barbed wire who is much like Bruno — except, you know, Jewish and slated for extinction. As a Holocaust-for-kids fable, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an appalling, jaw-dropping movie that will cause serious nightmares. D–

Originally posted Nov 04, 2008 Published in issue #1020 Nov 14, 2008 Order article reprints