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The Good German Reviews

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

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March 8, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

February 3, 2007

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February 3, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This cast almost makes The Good German watchable. It's just that their screenwriter and director don't do them any favors.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 19, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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There's a line between homage and mimicry, and Soderbergh has crossed it.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 19, 2007
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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We get no heroes, not even flawed ones. Clooney, our marquee man, chases through numbing plot contortions only because of his lust for Lena. By the time The Good German ended, I had barely a clue if the good ones had lived or died.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

January 19, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The Good German is a movie wonk's triumph and no one else's. Soderbergh gets the visuals right but not the clean storytelling line of classic cinema, nor the iconic characters or moral certainty of the oldies.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 22, 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
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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There isn't a moment in this self-conscious, uninvolving movie when you aren't aware you are watching an experiment, which might make a good lesson for film school students on what not to do.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2006
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Good German doesn't look like a period movie, and it doesn't feel like one. The black-and-white images are thin and garish, with blinding whites that destroy whatever Soderbergh is trying to do with shadow and contrast.

| Original Score: C

December 22, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The crucial key elements that every vintage Warners film had as a matter of course are lacking here. The story isn't gripping or even coherent. There is no real romance. There's mystery, but only in a plot sense -- i.e., what's going on?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

December 22, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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The trouble is the movie never really seems to go anywhere. Too many scenes have a feeling of irresolution; they just sort of go on for a while, then disappear.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

December 22, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Interesting to watch, up to a point. The Good German gets lost amidst its references; it doesn't stand by itself but is held up by the films that inspired it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A history-based, murder-mystery war-yarn that goes round and round in circles.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

December 22, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Everything about The Good German seems a few degrees off, as if the new map of Europe has somehow altered the latitudes along with attitudes.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Of The Good German, it can be said that the operation was a brilliant success, even if the patient is not merely dead but most sincerely dead.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 21, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Good German cannibalizes the cool, cynical look of those great old movies, but it's too spiritually vacant to duplicate their soul.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A most peculiar and unsatisfying film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Soderbergh wants us to see post-War Berlin as, in its way, another Chinatown a la Roman Polanski.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

December 21, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A lot of style. Not so much with the plot.

December 18, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The Good German is...equally infused with knowing sophistication and a surprising amount of depth.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

December 17, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The Good German is counterfeit coin in search of easy marks.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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With The Good German, Soderbergh -- generally a terrific and creative filmmaker -- apes a style, and a way of seeing, that he clearly doesn't understand. It feels like a hit to the stomach.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 15, 2006
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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The Good German is Steven Soderbergh's game attempt to reinvigorate the dense intrigue of classic wartime thrillers like The Third Man with a contemporary, neo-noir edge.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie's aesthetic is divorced from its sensibility.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The film plays like a pastiche of Casablanca, The Third Man and Billy Wilder's "A Foreign Affair," though it is far more explicit about violence and sex than was ever dreamed of in films of the era.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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If you feel anything other than admiration for its craftsmanship, let me know; The Good German is as emotionally cold and unconvincing as any movie I've seen this year.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

December 15, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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In a few quick strokes, Soderbergh and screenwriter Paul Attanasio (working from a novel by Joseph Kanon) sketch a convincing scenario in which it is technically not possible for the good guys to win a war because good guys don't fight them.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 15, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A classic noir film demands a classic noir story, and Paul Attanasio's screenplay (based on the Joseph Kanon novel) just isn't up to the dark mark.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Technically stunning but narratively and thematically hollow.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Soderbergh seems to have done everything within his power to keep the audience at arm's length.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 14, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Steven Soderbergh attempts to resurrect the magic of classical Hollywood, principally by sucking out all the air, energy and pleasure from his own filmmaking.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

December 14, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The Good German is a prime example of a movie made by highly skilled and intelligent filmmakers that nevertheless seems misguided from the get-go.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

December 14, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A few of Soderbergh's movies have foundered on a similar ironic detachment. The singular exception, Out of Sight, floated along on sexual electricity and warm movie love, but The Good German feels passionless, throttled by technique.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 14, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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On the meta level, Soderbergh has re-created not only the kind of story told in the 1940s, but the kind of technical production Hollywood gloried in more than half a century ago, too.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

December 13, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Where is Major Clark Gable now that we need him?

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 13, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The Good German, Steven Soderbergh's film noir homage, is nearly perfect when it comes to style and tone, but it concentrates so single-mindedly on the mechanics of the narrative that it loses sight of its characters.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The Good German is seriously deficient in the stars' star power and narrative excitement. The movie is lovingly framed, carefully lit, and fatally insipid.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 12, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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Soderbergh, screenwriter Paul Attanasio and their colleagues get much of the mood and atmosphere down, but they fail -- or chose not to try -- to emulate the sense of wily playfulness that made old film-noir characters so rich and engaging.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 11, 2006
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Soderbergh's skill, intelligence and love for the genre are never in doubt. But, as it turns out, you can't play it again, Sam.

December 11, 2006
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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The result is a movie that is never quite amusing but never quite mordantly thought provoking either.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 11, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Steven Soderbergh is usually an inspired chameleon, perfectly suiting his style to his content. But The Good German is an ambitious miss.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 11, 2006
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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[Soderbergh] has such a gusto for movie history that he all but forgets that the films to which he pays homage were not themselves exercises in pure style.

December 11, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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It also allows Soderbergh and writer Paul Attanasio, in a smart, well-paced adaptation, to explore a moral complexity that never found its way into movies of that era.

December 4, 2006
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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The Good German has little of the luster, sheen and pictorial nuance of a top-flight Hollywood picture of the old school.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 1, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This is Soderbergh's show, and a haunting and hypnotic show it is.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

November 23, 2006
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