Ninotchka Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 11, 2015
The prospect of seeing the usually oh-so-serious Greta Garbo nyukking it up proved irresistible to the moviegoing public of 1939.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Franz Hoellering
The Nation
January 18, 2013
This column has generally no quarrel with scene-to-scene entertainment, serving a legitimate demand for relaxation, though it adds up to nothing. But the entertaining gags of this picture add up to something, and it is not pleasant.
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Whittaker Chambers
TIME Magazine
January 15, 2013
This one is neither crude clowning nor crude prejudice, but a literate and knowingly directed satire which lands many a shrewd crack about phony Five Year Plans, collective farms, Communist jargon and pseudo-scientific gab.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 27, 2012
Ninotchka is delicate flirtation and political satire made into a perfect whole, and a reminder of skills that studio writers have largely lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 10, 2012
Iridescent and teaming with vitality, Garbo glows in her penultimate film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 1, 2011
Ninotchka stands as one of the finest films Lubitsch made. It was reportedly one of the director's own favorites among his films, and it's easy to see why.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Great, but kids may need historical context.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 23, 2009
The masterpiece among Lubitsch's later films.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
It's comedy is rooted in classic sentimentality, but the dialog is often hammer and sickle sharp.

Film4
February 3, 2009
It is a film that blends pratfalls and a sophisticated comedy of manners.
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 3, 2009
Selection of Ernst Lubitsch to pilot Garbo in her first light performance in pictures proves a bull's-eye.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 3, 2009
The satire may be mostly a matter of easy contrasts, but the lovers inhabit a world of elegance and poise that is uniquely and movingly Lubitsch's.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 5, 2008
This was Garbo's first comedy and second last film. And it's a unique role for her, first because she starts off as a dour, cold comrade with no sense of humour, and second because she laughs herself into a love of capitalist vices.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 20, 2008
It's Garbo's next-to-last film and first American comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 11, 2006
MGM announced to the world: Garbo Laughs! In a major departure from her screen image, Garbo brings incredibly sensual abandon to her role of a glum, scientifically trained Bolshevik envoy who succumbs to Parisian decadence of romance and champagne.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 3, 2006
Garbo laughs ... and the rest of us revel in a comedy delight.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's still consistently amusing, and Garbo throws herself into the fray with engaging vigour.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 6, 2005
...thanks to Garbo, its supporting cast, and director Ernst Lubitsch's magic touch, it remains one of Hollywood's most sparkling products.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Garbo does laugh! Delightful political musings.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
May 20, 2003
One of the sprightliest comedies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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