Good

Good

33%
  • R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Vicente Amorim
    In Theaters:
    Sep 8, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 1, 2009
  • ThinkFilm
  • Good
    2 minutes 25 seconds
    Added: Dec 19, 2008
  • Good: Clip 3
    2 minutes 33 seconds
    Added: Apr 28, 2010
  • Good: Clip 2
    2 minutes 46 seconds
    Added: Apr 28, 2010

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Good Reviews

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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE

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

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

August 8, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2009

Daily Record [UK]

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

April 21, 2009
Chris Prince
Sky Movies

Ultimately Good, like its central figure, seems to lack the courage of its convictions.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

April 17, 2009
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

A strong cast and good starting material doesn't manage to save this unsuccessful adaptation.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

April 17, 2009
Richard Luck
Film4

Not for the first time, great theatre makes for a merely adequate film.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 17, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's a thought-provoking theme, which is rather let down by a thoroughly unconvincingly turn from Mortensen.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
Andrew Pulver
Guardian

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

April 17, 2009
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
Ali Upham
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009

Sun Online

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 Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

April 17, 2009
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 17, 2009
Anthony Quinn
Independent

Mortensen isn't bad, though he looks merely absent-minded rather than anguished.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

April 17, 2009

This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Despite strong performances and decent production design, Good lacks the emotional weight it needs to deliver the requisite punch. Disappointing.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
Robbie Collin
News of the World

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 Source: News of the World | 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This isn't gritty realism; it's a morality tale, and it's made with quiet passion and real power

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2009
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