Young Goethe In Love Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
Stylistically, the most engaging aspect of the picture is Stölzl's direction.
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 8.5/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 21, 2012
Fans of "Shakespeare in Love" should receive this one warmly. I would watch it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 19, 2012
Pain plus time, this film reminds us, can result in poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 8, 2011
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 8, 2011
More diverting than it is deep...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2011
You needn't know a thing about Goethe or his works to enjoy the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 8, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 2, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 22, 2011
A lively, deeply felt film that convinces us a historical figure's life was as compelling as the work he achieved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 18, 2011
Attempts to do for the German romantic poet what Amadeus did for Mozart, with limited success.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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November 4, 2011
Charming in a way that American romantic comedies have all but forgotten, Young Goethe in Love is by turns cute, campy and endearingly cliched.
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
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.
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.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 21, 2012
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