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

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
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The subject -- self-deception and failure of nerve in an unjust world -- is too messy and horrible to laugh away.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 20, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Good contributes very little to a conundrum that has occupied historians and psychologists for half a century.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

January 16, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Good has a stagy fustiness, but it's worth seeing for Mortensen, who makes this study of 
 a 'good German' look creepily contemporary. He shows us the horror 
 of ignorance.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 14, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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It definitely wouldn't have done anyone involved with Good any harm to ask what relevance heavy-handed history plays have to do with the world of today.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

December 31, 2008
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Morally speaking, everything about Good is tidily correct. But it is more a predictable parable than a full-fledged narrative.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 31, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There are some striking locations and certainly the era continues to fascinate audiences (and, particularly this year, filmmakers). Too bad, then, that this is such a disappointment -- awkwardly directed and flatly scripted.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 31, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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We know just what each character will do, and exactly where each path will lead. And we're never wrong.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 31, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The banality of evil has met its match in the banality of Good, a Holocaust parable that barely registers a pulse.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 31, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Viggo Mortensen looks the part but never brings it home with great conviction or passion. I never believed in the character and that greatly diminished the film's ability to argue its ethical case.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

December 31, 2008
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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A really terrible movie based on what I imagine was a far more interesting 1981 play.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 30, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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A subtle and quietly devastating film directed by Vicente Amorim from John Wrathall's delicately written adaptation of a play by C.P. Taylor.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 30, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though the film opens with an intriguing burnished look, it bogs down about halfway through with talkiness and uneven pacing. When reality finally dawns on Halder, it is not only too late for him to redeem himself, but too late for the audience to care.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 30, 2008
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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To those who wonder if we really need Hollywood to give us more Holocaust stories, I would argue yes, just better ones than we get with Good.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 30, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Good is an anemic screen adaptation of C. P. Taylor's play about a respectable 'good German' who passively acquiesces to Hitler's agenda.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

December 30, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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Good is pretty schematic — betraying its theatrical roots, perhaps. It's also a little drawn out. But it demonstrates the surprising power of character flaws in drama.

Full Review Source: NPR.org | Original Score: 7/10

December 29, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Despite its rather highbrow pedigree, Good's journey along its predetermined path from book burnings to concentration camps reeks of middlebrow button-pushing, which the cast's clipped British accents do nothing to dispel.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

December 25, 2008
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Absorbing drama about a good man who is blind to the horrors of Germany's Nazi regime.

October 24, 2008
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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The often impressive Mortensen can't make Halder much more than a stereotypical academic milquetoast. Other perfs come off just adequate, though not for lack of effort.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 8, 2008
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