Good Reviews

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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Bears a superficial resemblance to "The Conformist" and "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis," with their sense of dreary complacency, oppressively museum-like spaces, and curiously drab natural settings, but ultimately "Good" is less evocative
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 21, 2009
A tale illustrating the banality of evil is as timely as ever but the execution is heavy-handed and even with location filming and elaborate sets it still feels very theatrical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Record [UK]
April 21, 2009
Good isn't great. The film has a quality cast who turn in fine performances in a movie that aims to be profound but isn't.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Prince
Sky Movies
April 17, 2009
Ultimately Good, like its central figure, seems to lack the courage of its convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 17, 2009
A strong cast and good starting material doesn't manage to save this unsuccessful adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 17, 2009
By all accounts, Taylor's play was a more experimental piece than this film, in which the production values, like the acting, veer between the acceptable and the stodgy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Richard Luck
Film4
April 17, 2009
Not for the first time, great theatre makes for a merely adequate film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
April 17, 2009
It's a thought-provoking theme, which is rather let down by a thoroughly unconvincingly turn from Mortensen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
April 17, 2009
To its credit, Good is at least a piece with something serious to say, with little of the meretricious responsibility-deflecting that The Reader dealt in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 17, 2009
We're gearing up for a clunker of a climax involving musically gifted interns at the world's sprucest concentration camp. Mortensen wears it well, but this feels like very old hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ali Upham
Total Film
April 17, 2009
Good's attempts to diagnose the cancerous spread of Nazi influence through Germany's population in the mid-'30s is laudable, but despite Mortensen's stoic talents Halder is just too hollow a character for this to be anything other than a vapid parable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 17, 2009
The point is how does a "good" man get seduced by evil? Thing is, the movie's so muted and keeps viewers at such arm's length, you cease to wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sun Online
April 17, 2009
It is a fine piece of acting from Mortensen, who portrays his character's weakness superbly. But Good sometimes lacks pace and direction. On balance this is an intelligent and sensitive approach to a very dark era of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 17, 2009
It may have been a good stage play: people say it was. But its author, the late C.P. Taylor, was not around to stop it becoming a lousy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
April 17, 2009
Mortensen isn't bad, though he looks merely absent-minded rather than anguished.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

This is London
April 17, 2009
The original play, once dubbed one of the 100 best of the century, is fleshed out with skill by Amorim but somehow his film never comes fully to life. Even its melodramatic ending falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 17, 2009
Despite strong performances and decent production design, Good lacks the emotional weight it needs to deliver the requisite punch. Disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 17, 2009
Set in that weird film version of Nazi Germany full of RADA-trained Home Counties poshos, Good is, in a sense, an amazing achievement- it makes the Holocaust boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2009
There's probably a great film to be made about the way ordinary Germans succumbed to the allure of Nazism - but this weakly directed film, adapted from CP Taylor's acclaimed 1981 stage play, isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 16, 2009
This isn't gritty realism; it's a morality tale, and it's made with quiet passion and real power
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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