Young Goethe In Love Reviews

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 4, 2011
"Young Goethe" looks great, and the cast is appealing. But the story is riddled with clichés and fabrications, like a duel between Lotte's two suitors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 3, 2011
Mr. Fehling, tumbling from puppy dog eagerness into weepy, inky self-pity, never quite rises to the requirements of the role, which may be hopelessly incoherent in any case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
November 3, 2011
It's ... unworthy of Mr. Stölzl, who amid all the facile antics does manage to show his directorial mettle, if only in a single and critical scene...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 3, 2011
A biopic about the early adventures of Goethe at work, in love, and creating his first masterwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 3, 2011
Whatever its basis in fact, there's nothing to Young Goethe In Love's story that dozens of other films haven't done before, and better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Wendy Weinstein
Film Journal International
November 2, 2011
Though far from the rollicking success of Shakespeare in Love or as moving as Goethe's original tale, this visually lush, well-acted German-language biopic is a worthy take on a formative period in the great writer's life.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 2, 2011
Highbrow pedigree is mostly window dressing for a commercial period romance about Germany's literary giant.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
That this film was originally titled Goethe! should give you a sense of how much silly Sturm und Drang boosterism awaits.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 1, 2011
What was an irreverent look at genius becomes just another irrelevant biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2011
Philipp Stölzl's film takes both Goethe's genius and the inevitable superiority of the brand of romanticism that marked his early work as a given.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 27, 2011
A touching German romance that blows American rom-coms out of the water.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
June 7, 2011
Well plotted and impressively mounted.
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
April 4, 2011
A doomed love affair that inspired a literary genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 21, 2012
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