Good Reviews

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April 21, 2009
A tale illustrating the banality of evil is as timely as ever but the execution is heavy-handed and even with location filming and elaborate sets it still feels very theatrical.
April 17, 2009
Ultimately Good, like its central figure, seems to lack the courage of its convictions.
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.
April 17, 2009
To its credit, Good is at least a piece with something serious to say, with little of the meretricious responsibility-deflecting that The Reader dealt in.
April 17, 2009
It is a fine piece of acting from Mortensen, who portrays his character's weakness superbly. But Good sometimes lacks pace and direction. On balance this is an intelligent and sensitive approach to a very dark era of history.
April 16, 2009
This isn't gritty realism; it's a morality tale, and it's made with quiet passion and real power
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 2, 2009
This film contributes to the important debate about morality in times of political trauma and oppression of personal freedoms
March 15, 2009
Amorim and screenwriter John Wrathall have produced a compelling intellectual exercise, a movie that openly wrangles with complex ethical territory
January 20, 2009
The subject -- self-deception and failure of nerve in an unjust world -- is too messy and horrible to laugh away.
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
A worthy attempt to give the banality of bureaucratic evil both an individualized credibility and a somber universal warning
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.
December 30, 2008
'Good' bares its heart on its sleeve way prior to its closing dedications.
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.
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