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Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 05, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
86 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/07/08
performer
Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O'Brien
director
Mark Herman
distributor
Miramax
author
Mark Herman
genre
Drama

We gave it a D-

Bruno (Asa Butterfield) is 8 years old in 1940s Berlin when his daddy (David Thewlis) moves Mama (Vera Farmiga) and the kids closer to work. Small detail: Dad is a Nazi officer who runs a concentration camp. Gaping at a strange nearby ”farm,” the inquisitive lad befriends a boy on the other side of the barbed wire who is much like Bruno — except, you know, Jewish and slated for extinction. As a Holocaust-for-kids fable, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an appalling, jaw-dropping movie that will cause serious nightmares. D?

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