The Book Thief

Contains scenes of emotional distress and moderate threat.

About this Film

Adapted from Markus Zusak's acclaimed novel, 'The Book Thief' tells the tale of a young book-loving German girl whose life is utterly changed as World War II unfolds.
When her parents mysteriously disappear, foster child Liesel is sent to live with a new family, where she finds comfort in the pages of stolen books. But uncertainty looms over Liesel and her adoptive parents as they take in a Jewish refugee and find themselves caught in the path of an advancing Nazi regime.

'The Book Thief' stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and newcomer Sophie Nélisse.

EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE SCREENINGS - See 'The Book Thief' first at ODEON. Showing at ODEON Leicester Square from 14/02/14 and at ODEON cinemas nationwide on 24/02/14, before its full nationwide release on 26/02/14.

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  • Cast members
    Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson
  • Running time
    131 minutes
  • Directed by
    Brian Percival
  • Language

Reviews & Ratings

Reviews in the press

Total Film - 3/5 Stars

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It’s difficult enough to make a film about the Holocaust without having to aim it at kids. Following the likes of The Diary Of Anne Frank and The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, director Brian Percival turns Markus Zusak’s bestseller into a moving family drama that ends up feeling far too slight to shoulder its weighty themes.

The Grim Reaper was busy in 1939, especially in Germany. But he’s even busier in The Book Thief – narrating the sad tale of 11-year-old Liesel Meminger as she comes of age during the darkest chapter of the 20th Century.

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Reviewer: Big BriDate: 2014-04-01

Go and see this film, good acting, good story line, does not go overboard on special effects. Excellent film - a must see.

The Book Theif

Reviewer: Rosie29Date: 2014-03-21

i was pleased with the film but at the end it was so sad i was almost crying. :( xx


Reviewer: only me2Date: 2014-03-18

After reading a number of public reviews that highly acclaimed the film , i have to say i was underwhelmed by it myself , found it slightly boring .

Such a good film

Reviewer: ann2Date: 2014-03-11

Great film, well put together storyline. The music was fantastic and reminded me of my childhood. Some of the scenes were very upsetting but that was effective and mentioned.

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