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Film review

‘Book Thief ’ fails to translate from page to film

Sophie Nélisse left and Nico Liersch star in “The Book Thief.”
Photographer: Jules Heath/20th Century Fox
Sophie Nélisse left and Nico Liersch star in “The Book Thief.”
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Whatever virtues turned “The Book Thief” into an acclaimed and honored international best-seller are strangely absent from the film adaptation. A sad orphan’s story bereft of emotion, a paean to books that does precious little to pass that on to the viewer, a Holocaust tale where the Holocaust has been sanitized and washed out of the story — it’s a flat exercise in re-creating a place and time but not really “getting” the point of ...

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