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Drama Romance
122 min.
Release Date
December 10, 2008 (LA/NY)
January 9, 2009
DVD Release Date
April 14, 2009
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122 minutes
MPAA Rating
Rated R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity

"The Reader" opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair.

Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn," and "The Lady with... Full synopsis »

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It's my sincere belief that Kate Winslet only works early in the year, so that all of her films can be released in November or December to register as award contenders. An actress who seems to attract Oscar clout just by her mere presence, Winslet stars in The Reader, a quazi-Nazi drama, not to be confused with another Winslet movie that is now playing in theaters as well, Revolutionary Road. Full movie review »

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