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Rosenstrasse Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

December 3, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2004
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Von Trotta, who's obviously less personally invested in her story, seems more than a little calculating in her efforts to wring tears.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 1/4

August 27, 2004
Kent Turner

Rosenstrasse's scattered storylines clamor for focus before being anticlimactically resolved.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 20, 2004
Jan Stuart
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Despite the unique focus, the time-tripping screenplay hits manipulative buttons about Nazis and their victims that have been pressed many times before and with a steelier edge.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 20, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The picture's structural intricacy is a smoke screen for its psychological and emotional shallowness.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Labored storytelling defeats sterling intentions.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 7, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject.

| Original Score: C+

October 22, 2004

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 15, 2004
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Orlando Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

December 9, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The lack of a streamlined narrative and reliance on manipulative devices turn a story of stark significance into a middling melodrama.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 27, 2004
James Adams
Globe and Mail
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Von Trotta skims when she should be bearing down; tidies up when situations should be allowed to get much messier. In the end, this tale of human decency fails to make you feel enough.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2004
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

November 15, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 19, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Interludes stop the movie in its tracks and, counter no doubt to von Trotta's intentions, do a disservice to the Rosenstrasse women themselves, who shouldn't have to fight for screen time.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 19, 2004
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Mawkish and manipulative.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2004
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

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

October 14, 2004
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine

While the subject matter is compelling and powerful, von Trotta's approach is uninspired and terribly sentimental.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

May 23, 2004
David Noh
Film Journal International

A powerful story undermined by Margarethe von Trotta's uninspired direction.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 14, 2004
Michael Szymanski
December 19, 2004
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August 28, 2004

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February 9, 2006
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