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Young Goethe In Love (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 8

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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

Apr 24, 2012

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

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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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.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Pain plus time, this film reminds us, can result in poetry.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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What was Sturm and Drang then veers close to camp and kitsch now.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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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.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's just as gorgeously shot, just as clever, just as frothy and dynamic as the period pieces of 15-20 years ago.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
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Fans of "Shakespeare in Love" should receive this one warmly. I would watch it again.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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full review at Movies for the Masses

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

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

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

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

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
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...
March 31, 2013
itsjustme2004

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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.
September 15, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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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.
September 19, 2013
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