- the book describes a long and complex legal case. The film compresses the story to a courtroom drama and the complexity is lost
- the unnecessary and heavy-handed use of visual symbols in the film
- the historical fact-checking described in the book is fascinating – no attempt to translate this to film (and probably wouldn’t have made good viewing anyway)
- emphasis in the film on parts of the story that seemed minor in the book (particularly the long speech given to Lipstadt about why she should not testify).