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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
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-
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.
| Original Score: B+
An enjoyable comedy about keeping a big thing secret from someone and an interesting drama about family ties and values and politics.
Non-Germans will certainly get the essence of the humor but may find the movie long and repetitive.
This is an unusual and tender story about the love of a family for each other.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Hay varios aspectos en los cuales conectar con esta película, al punto de que casi nadie permanecerá indiferente.
| Original Score: 5/5
"The premise runs its course well before the end. But the film more than compensates with its bright good nature and intelligence."
| Original Score: 4/5
A bit far-fetched perhaps, but much comedy is.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
Charming and eventually poignant.
| Original Score: B-
[Director] Becker blends comedy, pathos, political commentary, witty dialogue and beautiful visual elements into a seamless movie.
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.
Its geopolitical lessons smacked of banality.
| Original Score: C+
A very well-written story with fully-realized characters.
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.