Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet delivers a dynamic performance in this tale of eroticism, secrecy and guilt set in turbulent post-Nazi Germany. Bringing to life the celebrated international novel, Winslet is riveting as Hannah Schmitz; a lonely, working-class woman who experiences a brief but intense affair with a teenage boy. Years later they meet again; Hannah now a defendant in a notorious case and her ex-lover, now a law student, holding the secret to her salvation.
A first class cinematic experience
- The Reader review by PT
This film will linger in your mind long after you have seen it. It is haunting and superbly acted by all the main stars. Irrespective of Hannah's (Winslet) past, I defy anyone not to feel sympathy for her. The scene when she and Fiennes meet after 20 odd years is so moving, watch the hands. Miss Winslet gives the performance of a lifetime, hugely worthy of her oscar for the role. A film I feel will be mentioned in the next publication of classic film books, like films you must see before you die etc.
Impossible to believe in the character of Kate Winslet. The camera can't decide to show her beautiful or ugly, soft or dry, victim or torturer. Kate is lost and the viewer feels like on a drunken boat. Another cast would have given a totally different film. Better read the book.
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Another Harvey Weinstein propaganda film but brilliantly acted and directed
- The Reader review by AS
The film's strength is the brilliant acting from Kate Winslet, Bruno Ganz and Ralph Fiennes -- along with excellent fast-moving direction.
The film's weakness is the total implausibility of the story for those people who have actually researched what happened in the final stages of the war, rather than just believing the Hollywood propaganda line. With the truth about Weinstein's totally corrupt nature having come to the surface, we don't need to automatically believe his political propaganda.
An awesome performance by Kate Winslet and Bruno Ganz. The characters are not immediately likeable nor indeed obviously realistic. This unusual relationship is gripping as it develops and a powerful plot unfolds.