The Reader

The Reader

  • R
  • 2008
  • 124 min
  • USA, Germany
  • drama, romance

Michael, a teenager, falls in love with an older woman named Hanna. Their liaison ends when she suddenly vanishes. They meet after a decade when she goes on trial for being a Nazi guard during WWII.

Director: Stephen Daldry

Screenwriter: David Hare

Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross

Despite Kate Winslet's superb portrayal, The Reader suggests an emotionally distant, Oscar-baiting historical drama.


  • Stephen Daldry
    Stephen Daldry

    Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born 2 May 1961) is an English theatre and film director and producer, as well as a three-time Academy Award nominated and Tony Award winning director. Description above from the Wikipedia article Stephen Daldry, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Main Cast


Producer: Anthony Minghella, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris, Sydney Pollack

Editor: Claire Simpson

Casting: Simone Bär, Jina Jay

Director Of Photography: Chris Menges, Roger Deakins

Original Music Composer: Nico Muhly

Costume Design: Donna Maloney, Ann Roth

Executive Producer: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein

Associate Producer: Nora Skinner

Production Design: Brigitte Broch


Source: based on the book by Bernhard Schlink

Tagline: How far would you go to protect a secret?

Genres: drama, romance

Certificate: R

Categories: reading, post world war two germany, war crime, trial, germany, adolescent, nazi, law student, hamburg germany, holocaust, prison library, secret, loss of virginity, shame, tape recording, first love, female prisoner, teenage sexuality


Year: 2008

Runtime: 124 min

Country: USA, Germany

Language: English, German, Greek, Latin

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS


  • Dave Calhoun (Time Out)

    Its issues are infinite and moveable. It's a bold and challenging work.

  • Todd McCarthy (Variety)

    Stephen Daldry's film is sensitively realized and dramatically absorbing, but comes across as an essentially cerebral experience without gut impact.

  • Sandra Hall (Sidney Morning Herald)

    Daldry and Hare replicate adroitly the moral balancing act that makes the book so fascinating...