Rosenstrasse Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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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
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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
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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+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 19, 2004
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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-
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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.
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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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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 8, 2004
Rosenstrasse is manipulative, to be sure, but it's also very smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 24, 2004
An absorbing, sturdy and ultimately pedestrian melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 3, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 3, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 28, 2004
Rosenstrasse is again only a sad reminder of the earlier von Trotta.
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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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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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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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 26, 2004
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.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 24, 2004
While the film concentrates on Lena, eloquently portrayed by Katja Riemann, the movie earns your empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 20, 2004
Mawkish and manipulative.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 20, 2004
A movie in which an extraordinary collective act of moral and physical courage is relegated to a backdrop for a mushy, synthetic family melodrama.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 20, 2004
A modest yet moving fact-based drama.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 19, 2004
The German director Margarethe von Trotta revisits a relatively obscure episode from Germany's Nazi past to dismally inept effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Elliott Stein
Village Voice
August 17, 2004
Bumpily paced, it's overlong and freighted with a soppy, manipulative musical score.
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David Stratton
Variety
August 17, 2004
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.
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Jean Oppenheimer
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2004
All of the actors acquit themselves well, with a special nod to the warm and vital Schade, the loyal and radiant Riemann and Schrader.