Rosenstrasse Reviews

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CT Staff
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 8, 2005
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.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 24, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 17, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
December 13, 2004
True story of one of the few attempts by Germans to launch protests against the Nazi dictatorship.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 12, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Orlando Weekly
December 9, 2004
The movie's disjointed flow makes it hard to watch the story unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 3, 2004
The trite framework, static staging and unemotional acting render this a most forgettable Holocaust tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 15, 2004
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?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 29, 2004
Succeeds as a testament to the power of love and, in particular, as a tribute to brave women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 28, 2004
A solid, thoughtful, involving drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 25, 2004
The a fascinating one, and potentially the stuff of powerful drama. But von Trotta blunts the impact.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 22, 2004
A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject.
| Original Score: C+
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 19, 2004
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 15, 2004
I couldn't get past the modern-day interruptions to get to the heart of this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Angel Gonzalez
Dallas Morning News
October 14, 2004
The film opens a window into the fact that not all good Germans were cowed during those dark times.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 14, 2004
The incidents at Rosenstrasse deserve a good movie, but Rosenstrasse is not it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
October 14, 2004
Some of the choices made here are more befitting a Lifetime movie of the week.
October 11, 2004
It's a very intimate, personal drama for three women whose lives are entwined in unexpected ways, and a true pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
October 8, 2004
For all its flaws, Rosenstrasse is a welcome reminder that humans are capable of valor and generosity in the worst of times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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