Reader, The

Lists: Drama, Romance, Best Picture nominee 2000 to 2009

Brief Synopsis: "Tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who as a teenager in the late 1950s had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that at the expense of her freedom."

Overall Ranking: 1493 (Rank from 2008: # 32)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 100%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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CinemaVisitor Erik80
David Baruffi70
Bryan Lienesch69 - Very little emotionally about the film is identifiable. Either these characters represent a different species entirely or the film missed its mark.

People Involved

  • Kate Winslet (Hanna Schmitz)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Michael Berg)
  • Hannah Herzsprung (Julia)
  • Alexandra Maria Lara (Young Ilana Mather)
  • Bruno Ganz (Professor Rohl)
  • Karoline Herfurth (Marthe)
  • David Kross (Young Michael Berg)
  • Volker Bruch (Dieter Spenz)
  • Jeanette Hain (Brigitte)
  • Fabian Busch (Hannas Defense Council)
  • Vijessna Ferkic (Sophie)
  • Stephen Daldry (Director)