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Young Goethe In Love Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Stylistically, the most engaging aspect of the picture is Stölzl's direction.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 19, 2013
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline

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 Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 8.5/10

August 25, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

April 21, 2012
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

February 17, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Pain plus time, this film reminds us, can result in poetry.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 19, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 8, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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More diverting than it is deep...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 8, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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You needn't know a thing about Goethe or his works to enjoy the picture.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 8, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Young Goethe in Love" is a delight on its own terms, even if it has little to do with the real Goethe; here is a randy young man not a million miles apart from Tom Jones.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

December 2, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 22, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 18, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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We get a classic situation, but no less potent for its being familiar. As always, the personalities make or break it, and here they make it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR
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Charming in a way that American romantic comedies have all but forgotten, Young Goethe in Love is by turns cute, campy and endearingly cliched.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 4, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A biopic about the early adventures of Goethe at work, in love, and creating his first masterwork.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 3, 2011
Wendy Weinstein
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 2, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Highbrow pedigree is mostly window dressing for a commercial period romance about Germany's literary giant.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 2, 2011
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

A touching German romance that blows American rom-coms out of the water.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: A-

October 27, 2011
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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Well plotted and impressively mounted.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 7, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 21, 2012
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