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The Good German Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B-

February 18, 2012
Cole Smithey

A beautifully flawed experiment, "The Good German" is an entertaining if unbalanced war drama that places modern cinema mores on a classic style of American film when the Hayes code would never have allowed such overt sexual reality.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

April 23, 2009
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007

It's Soderbergh's commitment and creativity that lift The Good German above many of its peers, no matter the era.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

It's "The Good German," but not "The Great German."

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

March 9, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Why emphasise flaws in a film of such overall ambition and expertise?

Full Review Source: Time Out

March 8, 2007
Matthew Turner

[The Good German is] technically astonishing and Blanchett is excellent, but the script is dull and the confusing plot fails to engage.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

March 8, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Steven Soderbergh massages his fond memories of the golden (if sometimes black and white) days of movies with a noirish sensibility.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 1, 2007
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

One of the most artistically daring movies of 2006.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

February 18, 2007
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

A rewarding exercise in formalism.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

February 2, 2007
Eric D. Snider

You can ignore the behind-the-scenes technicalities and enjoy the movie on face value: as a moderately entertaining nod to 'Casablanca.'

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

January 30, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A cold movie that sacrifices so-called 'heart' to achieve a primarily technical effect -- an appropriate strategy for a story about death camp inmates enslaved to produce rockets for the Nazis.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 29, 2007
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The result is a harshly lighted, high-contrast monochrome that illuminates the war-torn rubble with grace and poetry while allowing motives to stay hidden in the shadows.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If German is cynical about its characters' motives, it is not cynical about the movie's ability to make us think and feel.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 30, 2006
Mark Bell
Film Threat

Soderbergh is to be commended for being able to revive the feelings associated with classic cinema through imagery and casting, but The Good German will not find itself as revered in the long run.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2006
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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I have to admire an ostensibly nostalgic entertainment that so concertedly undermines the romanticism of wartime Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 22, 2006
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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The photography is so beautiful, and the actors make brave choices, and Soderbergh's homage to the films he so obviously loves is done with such grace and passion -- so there's just enough that works to outweigh the major plot concerns.

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

December 22, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It works, as homage to a particular time and place in film history, and as a knowing revision that brings Hollywood's subtext of '40s postwar corruption to the surface. The Good German isn't so much an imitation as a crafty modernization.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

December 22, 2006
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Soderbergh's attempt to re-create a 40s film noir might not be for all tastes but Paul Attanasio's script keeps the story engaging long enough.

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December 22, 2006
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Still-relevant political observation...[and] a nifty mystery that's a bit too self-conscious for its own good.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 17, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]
March 10, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
March 9, 2007

Time Out
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March 8, 2007

Arizona Republic
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February 3, 2007
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