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.

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Cast

Viggo Mortensen
as John Halder
Jason Isaacs
as Maurice
Ruth Gemmell
as Elizabeth
Steven Elder
as Eichmann
Kevin Doyle
as Commandant
David de Keyser
as Mandelstam
Rick Warden
as Brownshirt
Guy Henry
as Doctor
Charlie Condou
as Bekemeier
Declan Hannigan
as Handsome Doctor (Movie Studio)
Kelly Wenham
as Pretty Secretary
Annámaria Cseh
as Beautiful Woman (Movie Studio)
Matt Devere
as SS Motorcycle Officer
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Critic Reviews for Good

All Critics (71) | 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

Aug 8, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Jan 20, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Jan 16, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.

Jan 14, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

Dec 31, 2008 | Rating: C
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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

½

While there were many problems with the film, I have to like it because it affected me so much. Excellent cast makes it better, but I will agree that it lacked structure and conviction. I always enjoy a fresh look at WWII era, and the perspective of a good German caught up in the times is always welcome. I appreciated what I at least interpretted as the the message of the movie: that amidst all the horrors in these times, no matter how much any of us lie to ourselves that what we are doing is okay and right, it is so far from the humanity inside us that the guy was seeing beauty in the form of music in the most horrible of places.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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