Good Bye, Lenin! Reviews

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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.
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
January 27, 2004
Careens from comedy to drama without warning, and pivots unsuccessfully between being a straightforward story and an expansive metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 9, 2004
Its geopolitical lessons smacked of banality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 24, 2004
Overlong and a bit tiresome but it's actually about something -- not so much ostalgie as the conditions that create it.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 26, 2004
Wolfgang Becker's social satire has a knobby tone that somewhat mutes its crowd-pleasing ambitions and keeps it from becoming My Big, Fat Life Is Beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 26, 2004
It never quite works as either farce or commentary, and -- like those shabby old socialist goods it salutes -- fills us up without leaving us satisfied.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 23, 2004
Becker's meandering project muddies the waters and fails to make suitable impact
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 12, 2003
The backdrop is snatching at random political significance, and the plot just turns into a stupid and pointless comedy of errors.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Langdon
Filmcritic.com
February 26, 2004
sappy and unrealistic
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 21, 2004
Combination of comedy and gravity is certainly common enough, but it requires a sure hand and perceptible intent. This screenplay has some neat touches, but it never makes up its mind.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 11, 2004
The film seems overlong and drawn out, with variations on the same joke occurring throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
FilmStew.com
March 16, 2004
A bold exercise in what-if?
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 23, 2004
A funny movie that rises above farce to the level of sophisticated satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 26, 2004
It is no doubt filled with references and in-jokes we do not quite understand. But the central idea travels well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 24, 2004
It is not a step-by-step chronicle of German reunification, but it gives a perspective of the time. It's a bonus that this comes as part of an engrossing and well told story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 26, 2004
We see what it is like to live in a society whose admittedly rigid and oppressive backbone collapses overnight, along with full employment, the life savings and the trust of the satellite state's citizens.
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 1, 2004
It's a study of a fascinating shift in culture (the family's whole way of life changes, literally overnight) and a story of a son's powerful faith in his mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 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+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 16, 2003
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 14, 2004
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
August 7, 2008

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August 5, 2003

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March 18, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 26, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 3, 2004

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