Good (2008)

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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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John Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Yet, with Halder's change in fortune, his seemingly inconsequential decisions potentially jeopardize the people in his life with devastating effects.
Rating:
R (for language)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Viggo Mortensen
as John Halder
Jason Isaacs
as Maurice
Gemma Jones
as Mother
Ruth Gemmell
as Elizabeth
Ralph Riach
as Brunau
Steven Elder
as Eichmann
Kevin Doyle
as Commandant
David de Keyser
as Mandelstam
Adrian Schiller
as Goebbels
Rick Warden
as Brownshirt
Guy Henry
as Doctor
Charles Condou
as Bekemeier
Kelly Wenham
as Pretty Secretary
Declan Hannigan
as Handsome Doctor (Movie Studio)
Annámaria Cseh
as Beautiful Woman (Movie Studio)
Matt Devere
as SS Motorcycle Officer
Mike Kelly
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Good

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (20)

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

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
indieWIRE
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The subject -- self-deception and failure of nerve in an unjust world -- is too messy and horrible to laugh away.

Full Review… | January 20, 2009
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Good contributes very little to a conundrum that has occupied historians and psychologists for half a century.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

December 31, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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