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Young Goethe In Love (2011)


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 838


Movie Info

Germany 1772 - the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling) aspires to be a poet but after failing his law exams, is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. At first, he tries to do his best and wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner (Moritz Bleibtreu). But then Lotte (Miriam Stein) enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, Johann is unaware that Lotte is in fact already promised by her father (Burghart … More

Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Philipp Stölzl , Christoph Müller , Alexander Dydyna
In Theaters:
Apr 24, 2012
Box Office:
Music Box Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Young Goethe In Love

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (12) | DVD (1)

Stylistically, the most engaging aspect of the picture is Stölzl's direction.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

An old-fashioned romance that's easy to like even if you have no interest in German literature, illegal duels or the more romantic aspects of committing suicide.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Pain plus time, this film reminds us, can result in poetry.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

What was Sturm and Drang then veers close to camp and kitsch now.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The story of a talented but not yet mature young man who stumbles upon the topic that would lead to his fame: love, and the loss of it.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Like a porcelain dish commemorating a famous person, this biopic has little to teach us about the great German writer but sure makes him look adorable.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's just as gorgeously shot, just as clever, just as frothy and dynamic as the period pieces of 15-20 years ago.

Full Review… | August 25, 2012

Fans of "Shakespeare in Love" should receive this one warmly. I would watch it again.

Full Review… | April 21, 2012
Movie Metropolis

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Movies for the Masses

An Ashton Kutcher/Katherine Heigl rom-com vehicle with pretty dresses.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011
Orlando Weekly

So long as one doesn't take it as a history lesson,...a moderately enjoyable period exercise in quasi-biography that's engaging in an old-fashioned way.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
One Guy's Opinion

A lively, deeply felt film that convinces us a historical figure's life was as compelling as the work he achieved.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Attempts to do for the German romantic poet what Amadeus did for Mozart, with limited success.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for Young Goethe In Love

Really nice, beautiful, and essentially true story about a great mind. A classic style love story produced in a literate, artistic, and tasteful manner...much unlike most cheap Hollywood romance productions these days. Really well done film...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


In 18th century Europe, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe is a young scholar with abundant affection, but challenged by a competition. Iambic, but considerably hackneyed, Goethe! eventually conquered simplicity and monotony by abandoning the conventions of the genre satisfying the audience with an unexpected accommodating resolution. Enlightened.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

With Johann Goethe(Alexander Fehling) in short order flunking his doctoral exam and being rejected by a publisher, it is no wonder that his father(Henry Hubchen) sends him to the provinces to apprentice under the very watchful eye of Albert Kestner(Moritz Bleibtreu). At least, Johann makes a quick friend in Wilhelm Jerusalem(Volker Bruch) but the dancing leaves a little something to be desired. At least, until Johann bumps into Lotte Buff(Miriam Stein) and hears her sing in church.

"Young Goethe in Love" is a mixed bag to say the least, starting with its visuals which include a couple of superb shots but is more often than not rather shoddy. In trying to show that a writer needs to have experience before setting pen to paper, the movie depicts Goethe's early story as little more than just another banal story of romance. That's all the while there is something much darker going on beneath the surface which while leading to a few surprises that salvage the movie also almost go unacknowledged until the postcript.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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