Critic Consensus: Though ambitious, Good stumbles in the transition from stage to screen, and Mortensen's performance isn't enough to cover its flaws.
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Critic Reviews for Good
Bears a superficial resemblance to "The Conformist" and "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis," with their sense of dreary complacency, oppressively museum-like spaces, and curiously drab natural settings, but ultimately "Good" is less evocative
By all accounts, Taylor's play was a more experimental piece than this film, in which the production values, like the acting, veer between the acceptable and the stodgy.
The subject -- self-deception and failure of nerve in an unjust world -- is too messy and horrible to laugh away.
Good contributes very little to a conundrum that has occupied historians and psychologists for half a century.
Good has a stagy fustiness, but it's worth seeing for Mortensen, who makes this study of a 'good German' look creepily contemporary. He shows us the horror of ignorance.
It definitely wouldn't have done anyone involved with Good any harm to ask what relevance heavy-handed history plays have to do with the world of today.
Audience Reviews for Good
Despite its admirable intentions, this is a frustrating drama that lacks enough dramatic intensity and strength to deliver its intended message about evil and conformity - and it doesn't help at all that Mortensen cannot do much in an unconvincing performance.
Viggo is an amazing actor, and this subject is definitely my favorite subject. But, for some reason, this movie just didn't hit the the right notes for me. Really slow. Rather confusing (at least to me). A decent idea with not much substance, in my opinion.
I was extremely dissappointed by this film. It lacked an edge to it. It just seemed like I was following this random guys life during a difficult period in his country. It showed a lot about character and how normal innocent people of Germany really didn't know what was going on. The ending was atrocious and so dissatisfying. Great performances and a cast that should have made this film much better.
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