Good Bye, Lenin! - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Good Bye, Lenin! Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Daily Info
June 11, 2013
combines fairytale elements with actual documentary footage, and the personal with the political, creating a contemporary allegory of the dreams and delusions upon which the lives of East Germans were sustained.
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
November 28, 2011
The real story is how ideologies melt when it comes to affairs of the heart. In that way, the movie has an appeal that goes way beyond its country's borders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angie Ward
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
Succeeds as a comedy, as a glimpse at a tumultuous time in European history, and as a thoughtful look at the great lengths to which people will go for important relationships.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
September 29, 2006
The real story is how ideologies melt when it comes to affairs of the heart. In that way, the movie has an appeal that goes way beyond its country's borders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2004
Un film qui propose à la fois une réflexion intelligente sur la chute du mur de Berlin, un divertissement amusant et un récit touchant.
| Original Score: A-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2004
A political comedy that reaches you right down in your soul, reminding us without any Benigni-ish moral frivolity that life sure is complicated, but it is also beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
July 29, 2004
An enjoyable comedy about keeping a big thing secret from someone and an interesting drama about family ties and values and politics.
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 21, 2004
Non-Germans will certainly get the essence of the humor but may find the movie long and repetitive.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 18, 2004
This is an unusual and tender story about the love of a family for each other.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 12, 2004
Hay varios aspectos en los cuales conectar con esta película, al punto de que casi nadie permanecerá indiferente.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 7, 2004
"The premise runs its course well before the end. But the film more than compensates with its bright good nature and intelligence."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 31, 2004
A bit far-fetched perhaps, but much comedy is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 27, 2004
Director Wolfgang Becker can claim the film's depth as its greatest achievement. He has taken an absurd situation, a silly premise, and added weight to the humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 19, 2004
Good Bye, Lenin! might slightly overstay its welcome, but it's one of the few things playing right now that really stays with you after the fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 13, 2004
Charming and eventually poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
May 13, 2004
[Director] Becker blends comedy, pathos, political commentary, witty dialogue and beautiful visual elements into a seamless movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 10, 2004
The story is almost gag-inducingly silly and unlikely, but director Wolfgang Becker's film is just sweet enough to help the medicine go down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 9, 2004
Its geopolitical lessons smacked of banality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 6, 2004
A very well-written story with fully-realized characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
May 4, 2004
Good Bye, Lenin! slides a fascinating history lesson into a clever, heartwarming tragicomedy even if the film - like East Germany itself - is a bit inefficient.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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