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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/6
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 20, 2009
The subject -- self-deception and failure of nerve in an unjust world -- is too messy and horrible to laugh away.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 16, 2009
Good contributes very little to a conundrum that has occupied historians and psychologists for half a century.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: B
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 31, 2008
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.
| Original Score: C
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 31, 2008
Morally speaking, everything about Good is tidily correct. But it is more a predictable parable than a full-fledged narrative.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 31, 2008
There are some striking locations and certainly the era continues to fascinate audiences (and, particularly this year, filmmakers). Too bad, then, that this is such a disappointment -- awkwardly directed and flatly scripted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 31, 2008
We know just what each character will do, and exactly where each path will lead. And we're never wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 31, 2008
The banality of evil has met its match in the banality of Good, a Holocaust parable that barely registers a pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 31, 2008
Viggo Mortensen looks the part but never brings it home with great conviction or passion. I never believed in the character and that greatly diminished the film's ability to argue its ethical case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 30, 2008
A really terrible movie based on what I imagine was a far more interesting 1981 play.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 30, 2008
A subtle and quietly devastating film directed by Vicente Amorim from John Wrathall's delicately written adaptation of a play by C.P. Taylor.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 30, 2008
Though the film opens with an intriguing burnished look, it bogs down about halfway through with talkiness and uneven pacing. When reality finally dawns on Halder, it is not only too late for him to redeem himself, but too late for the audience to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 30, 2008
To those who wonder if we really need Hollywood to give us more Holocaust stories, I would argue yes, just better ones than we get with Good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 30, 2008
Good is an anemic screen adaptation of C. P. Taylor's play about a respectable 'good German' who passively acquiesces to Hitler's agenda.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
December 29, 2008
Good is pretty schematic — betraying its theatrical roots, perhaps. It's also a little drawn out. But it demonstrates the surprising power of character flaws in drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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David Fear
Time Out
December 25, 2008
Despite its rather highbrow pedigree, Good's journey along its predetermined path from book burnings to concentration camps reeks of middlebrow button-pushing, which the cast's clipped British accents do nothing to dispel.
| Original Score: 2/6
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 24, 2008
Absorbing drama about a good man who is blind to the horrors of Germany's Nazi regime.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 8, 2008
The often impressive Mortensen can't make Halder much more than a stereotypical academic milquetoast. Other perfs come off just adequate, though not for lack of effort.