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Rosenstrasse Reviews

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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
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
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 27, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 20, 2004
Rosenstrasse's scattered storylines clamor for focus before being anticlimactically resolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 20, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 27, 2004
The picture's structural intricacy is a smoke screen for its psychological and emotional shallowness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2004
Labored storytelling defeats sterling intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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+
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
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
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 27, 2004
The lack of a streamlined narrative and reliance on manipulative devices turn a story of stark significance into a middling melodrama.
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
August 19, 2004
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 20, 2004
Mawkish and manipulative.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 14, 2004
Some of the choices made here are more befitting a Lifetime movie of the week.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
May 23, 2004
While the subject matter is compelling and powerful, von Trotta's approach is uninspired and terribly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 14, 2004
A powerful story undermined by Margarethe von Trotta's uninspired direction.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
December 19, 2004
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Boston Phoenix
August 28, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 19, 2004

Sydney Morning Herald
June 4, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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