- Directed by: Brian Percival
- Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch
A young girl (Sophie Nelisse) living with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) in Nazi Germany begins collecting forbidden books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee hiding in her home in this war drama adapted from Markus Zusak’s book by screenwriter Michael Petroni (THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS) and director Brian Percival (DOWNTON ABBEY).
“Brian Percival delivers a quietly effective and engaging adaptation of Markus Zusak’s WWII-set novel.” (Variety)”Anchoring the story is 9-year-old Liesel Meminger, whose first scenes are riveting.” (USA Today)3 stars out of 4 — “Rush, an actor of unerring grace and grit, gives a touching, vital performance.” (Rolling Stone)
“[With] smart, understated turns by Watson and Geoffrey Rush…” (Entertainment Weekly)
“THE BOOK THIEF is a wondrous, richly textured, sometimes heartbreakingly effective movie…” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“[T]he French-Canadian Nélisse holds her own amid a more seasoned cast; her scenes with the kindly Rush are particularly fine.” (A.V. Club)
3 stars out of 5 — “Fairytale production design and a sweeping score from John Williams help the film look and sound the part…” (Total Film)