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Rosenstrasse (2003)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 27

Thoughtful drama marred by structural problems.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 13

Thoughtful drama marred by structural problems.



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German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta directs the war drama Rosenstrasse, based on the plight of "mixed marriages" between Jewish men and non-Jewish women during the Holocaust. In contemporary New York, Jewish matriarch Ruth (Jutta Lampe) practices Orthodox mourning traditions for her late husband, to the dismay of her daughter Hannah (Maria Schrader). At the wake, Ruth's cousin Rachel (Carola Regnier) tells Hannah some family secrets that send curious Hannah over to Berlin. She searches out

Jan 18, 2005


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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (27) | DVD (4)

The trite framework, static staging and unemotional acting render this a most forgettable Holocaust tale.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Succeeds as a testament to the power of love and, in particular, as a tribute to brave women.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject.

October 22, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The film opens a window into the fact that not all good Germans were cowed during those dark times.

October 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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For all its flaws, Rosenstrasse is a welcome reminder that humans are capable of valor and generosity in the worst of times.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Rosenstrasse is manipulative, to be sure, but it's also very smart.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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In spite of some manipulation and improbability, Rosenstrasse made me feel good for a good, historical reason, and it didn't minimize anyone's suffering in the process.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

This story is inherently dramatic enough to stand on its own, but von Trotta throws it off-kilter by framing her film within a dead-end, modern subplot.

January 8, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

While most of Rosenstrasse is set in World War II, there are present-day, flash-forward sequences that are considerably less involving. Actually, they're so dull that they drag the entire movie to a screeching halt.

December 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The film is anchored in particular by the dual performances of Schade as the 90-year-old Lena and the magnificent Riemann as her younger counterpart.

December 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

True story of one of the few attempts by Germans to launch protests against the Nazi dictatorship.

December 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Not uninteresting, and it is very nicely performed, although you'll strain to learn from the movie the history on which it is based and struggle futilely to get inside the motivations of its characters.

December 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The movie's disjointed flow makes it hard to watch the story unfold.

December 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Has the never-ending wave of less-than-essential Holocaust movies begun to reduce the most horrific episode of the 20th Century to the level of just another genre?

November 15, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A solid, thoughtful, involving drama.

October 28, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The a fascinating one, and potentially the stuff of powerful drama. But von Trotta blunts the impact.

October 25, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Lampe, Schrader and Riemann all do the best they can, but this film sinks under weight of the clunky screenplay by von Trotta and Pamela Katz.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

I couldn't get past the modern-day interruptions to get to the heart of this story.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source:

The incidents at Rosenstrasse deserve a good movie, but Rosenstrasse is not it.

October 14, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Some of the choices made here are more befitting a Lifetime movie of the week.

October 14, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

It's a very intimate, personal drama for three women whose lives are entwined in unexpected ways, and a true pleasure.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Audience Reviews for Rosenstrasse

I do have a thing for movies about Nazi Germany, I admit it. This one is really, really good. It also, I believe, was based on a true most of them.
October 14, 2010

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Part of my post-war German film course. This is a very good WW-II era film, which focuses on an event I wasn't aware of and I don't think has been covered before, so right out of the gate, the concept is at least totally unique. Its a very definably German film about the protest of German women whose Jewish husbands have been imprisoned around 1943 (I think this was the year, might have been '42). It has a decidedly feminist agenda, but I don't see how this can be avoided considering the nature of the story. In the end, its a pretty powerful, emotional tale that contains a great performance by Katja Riemann and the work of clearly talented director. It comes off as somewhat by the numbers, but I think it would be very, very hard not to like this film. It just has a universal resonance, and it is quite well done, and respectful to the subject matter.
March 21, 2007

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