Ninotchka Reviews

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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 13, 2002
Enchanting.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Great, but kids may need historical context.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Ernst Lubitsch may have thought he was only poking fun at another country, but he was actually poking fun at the future.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 23, 2009
The masterpiece among Lubitsch's later films.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
A highly enjoyable comedy -- one of the greatest ever made.
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Garbo does laugh! Delightful political musings.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
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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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Its legend isn't really justified, but it's good
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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