• Ninotchka
    2 minutes 28 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Ninotchka Reviews

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Franz Hoellering
The Nation

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.

Full Review Source: The Nation

January 18, 2013
Whittaker Chambers
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 15, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

December 27, 2012
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Iridescent and teaming with vitality, Garbo glows in her penultimate film.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2012
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

March 1, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great, but kids may need historical context.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The masterpiece among Lubitsch's later films.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

November 23, 2009
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects

It's comedy is rooted in classic sentimentality, but the dialog is often hammer and sickle sharp.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects

February 11, 2009


It is a film that blends pratfalls and a sophisticated comedy of manners.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 3, 2009
Variety Staff
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Selection of Ernst Lubitsch to pilot Garbo in her first light performance in pictures proves a bull's-eye.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 3, 2009
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 3, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 5, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's Garbo's next-to-last film and first American comedy.

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

February 20, 2008
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

September 11, 2006
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Garbo laughs ... and the rest of us revel in a comedy delight.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 3, 2006

Time Out
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It's still consistently amusing, and Garbo throws herself into the fray with engaging vigour.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...thanks to Garbo, its supporting cast, and director Ernst Lubitsch's magic touch, it remains one of Hollywood's most sparkling products.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

September 6, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Garbo does laugh! Delightful political musings.

| Original Score: 5/5

October 30, 2004
Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
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One of the sprightliest comedies of the year.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 20, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Its legend isn't really justified, but it's good

| Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2002
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