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Good Bye, Lenin Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Non-Germans will certainly get the essence of the humor but may find the movie long and repetitive.

July 21, 2004
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

Careens from comedy to drama without warning, and pivots unsuccessfully between being a straightforward story and an expansive metaphor.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 27, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
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Its geopolitical lessons smacked of banality.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 9, 2004
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Overlong and a bit tiresome but it's actually about something -- not so much ostalgie as the conditions that create it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 24, 2004
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 26, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 26, 2004
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Becker's meandering project muddies the waters and fails to make suitable impact

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C

February 23, 2004

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

October 12, 2003
Matt Langdon

sappy and unrealistic

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 26, 2004
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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.

March 21, 2004
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The film seems overlong and drawn out, with variations on the same joke occurring throughout.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 11, 2004
Annlee Ellingson

A bold exercise in what-if?

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March 16, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A funny movie that rises above farce to the level of sophisticated satire.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 23, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is no doubt filled with references and in-jokes we do not quite understand. But the central idea travels well.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2004
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 26, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 1, 2004
Anton Bitel
Daily Info

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Info

June 11, 2013
Eric D. Snider

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 Source: | Original Score: B+

May 27, 2004
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 16, 2003
November 19, 2004
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October 18, 2008
Louis Proyect
January 14, 2004
Eddie Cockrell
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Guardian [UK]
August 5, 2003

Empire Magazine
March 18, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 26, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 3, 2004

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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