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.
| Original Score: 3/4
The trite framework, static staging and unemotional acting render this a most forgettable Holocaust tale.
| Original Score: 3/5
Succeeds as a testament to the power of love and, in particular, as a tribute to brave women.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject.
| Original Score: C+
The film opens a window into the fact that not all good Germans were cowed during those dark times.
| Original Score: B-
For all its flaws, Rosenstrasse is a welcome reminder that humans are capable of valor and generosity in the worst of times.
Rosenstrasse is manipulative, to be sure, but it's also very smart.
An absorbing, sturdy and ultimately pedestrian melodrama.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Labored storytelling defeats sterling intentions.
| Original Score: C
Von Trotta may have taken on too much -- her film suffers from a surfeit of characters with complicated back stories. Nevertheless, I prefer it to the movies I usually see that set out to do too little.
One of the cinema's most stirring celebrations of married love and a portrayal of the 'good German' in World War II that is true, convincing and profoundly moving.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rosenstrasse is again only a sad reminder of the earlier von Trotta.
The lack of a streamlined narrative and reliance on manipulative devices turn a story of stark significance into a middling melodrama.
The picture's structural intricacy is a smoke screen for its psychological and emotional shallowness.
Von Trotta, who's obviously less personally invested in her story, seems more than a little calculating in her efforts to wring tears.
| Original Score: 1/4
The heart of the film is so strong that its images of love and devotion shared by wives and husbands on the edge of an abyss remain indelibly etched in one's memory.
While the film concentrates on Lena, eloquently portrayed by Katja Riemann, the movie earns your empathy.
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.
Mawkish and manipulative.
| Original Score: 2/4
A movie in which an extraordinary collective act of moral and physical courage is relegated to a backdrop for a mushy, synthetic family melodrama.
A modest yet moving fact-based drama.
The German director Margarethe von Trotta revisits a relatively obscure episode from Germany's Nazi past to dismally inept effect.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Captures well not only the varying states of mind and levels of awareness in Germany during World War II but also the era's lingering effect upon its survivors.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Bumpily paced, it's overlong and freighted with a soppy, manipulative musical score.
Pic is always watchable thanks to the fine perfs, with Riemann and Schade, who convincingly portray young and old Lena, respectively, rating high in the acting stakes.
All of the actors acquit themselves well, with a special nod to the warm and vital Schade, the loyal and radiant Riemann and Schrader.