Good Reviews

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April 17, 2009
There's probably a great film to be made about the way ordinary Germans succumbed to the allure of Nazism - but this weakly directed film, adapted from CP Taylor's acclaimed 1981 stage play, isn't it.
April 16, 2009
This isn't gritty realism; it's a morality tale, and it's made with quiet passion and real power
April 16, 2009
Viggo Mortensen stars as Prof John Halder - far too handsome for such a part: in life, the bookish are usually ugly as sin, let's face facts.
April 10, 2009
It's not up there with The Conformist, or even The Reader, but it's well worth your time.
April 10, 2009
It inevitably leaves a mark upon you, but with a more considered portrayal, it could have permeated the viewer like an indelible stain.
April 10, 2009
Despite its limitations it is about an important issue, how easy it is to compromise yourself, your ideals, your friendships in times of stress.
April 10, 2009
Mortensen ably carries most of the weight, with a minimalist performance.
April 8, 2009
This adaptation is drab and lifeless enough to make one suspect it was never much of a play in the first place.
April 2, 2009
This film contributes to the important debate about morality in times of political trauma and oppression of personal freedoms
April 2, 2009
Despite a strong performance by Viggo Mortensen and a tangible melancholy mood that reflects his character's inner conflict, the result is a disappointing and muted affair that keeps us at arms' length, when our emotions should be at their most vulnerable
March 15, 2009
Amorim and screenwriter John Wrathall have produced a compelling intellectual exercise, a movie that openly wrangles with complex ethical territory
January 30, 2009
Good has solid performances, but it has a hollow emotional core and, ultimately, lacks any enough insights and suspense to keep you truly intrigued.
January 28, 2009
"Good" is good news for Viggo Mortensen in that he gets to flex his acting chops in a new direction. But thin directing and screenwriting fail to provide the power needed to bring his performance to life.
January 20, 2009
The subject -- self-deception and failure of nerve in an unjust world -- is too messy and horrible to laugh away.
January 16, 2009
Good contributes very little to a conundrum that has occupied historians and psychologists for half a century.
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.
January 3, 2009
No actor has ever looked less comfortable in a Nazi uniform than Viggo Mortensen does...
January 2, 2009
It's a powerful film on its own merits, but it also points out how tame and impotent The Reader is in examining similar issues.
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.
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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