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Good Bye, Lenin! Reviews

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July 21, 2004
Non-Germans will certainly get the essence of the humor but may find the movie long and repetitive.
January 27, 2004
Careens from comedy to drama without warning, and pivots unsuccessfully between being a straightforward story and an expansive metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 9, 2004
Its geopolitical lessons smacked of banality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 24, 2004
Overlong and a bit tiresome but it's actually about something -- not so much ostalgie as the conditions that create it.
February 26, 2004
Wolfgang Becker's social satire has a knobby tone that somewhat mutes its crowd-pleasing ambitions and keeps it from becoming My Big, Fat Life Is Beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 26, 2004
It never quite works as either farce or commentary, and -- like those shabby old socialist goods it salutes -- fills us up without leaving us satisfied.
February 23, 2004
Becker's meandering project muddies the waters and fails to make suitable impact
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 12, 2003
The backdrop is snatching at random political significance, and the plot just turns into a stupid and pointless comedy of errors.
| Original Score: 2/4
February 26, 2004
sappy and unrealistic
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 21, 2004
Combination of comedy and gravity is certainly common enough, but it requires a sure hand and perceptible intent. This screenplay has some neat touches, but it never makes up its mind.
April 11, 2004
The film seems overlong and drawn out, with variations on the same joke occurring throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 16, 2004
A bold exercise in what-if?
April 23, 2004
A funny movie that rises above farce to the level of sophisticated satire.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 26, 2004
It is no doubt filled with references and in-jokes we do not quite understand. But the central idea travels well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2004
It is not a step-by-step chronicle of German reunification, but it gives a perspective of the time. It's a bonus that this comes as part of an engrossing and well told story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 26, 2004
We see what it is like to live in a society whose admittedly rigid and oppressive backbone collapses overnight, along with full employment, the life savings and the trust of the satellite state's citizens.
May 10, 2004
The story is almost gag-inducingly silly and unlikely, but director Wolfgang Becker's film is just sweet enough to help the medicine go down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2004
It's a study of a fascinating shift in culture (the family's whole way of life changes, literally overnight) and a story of a son's powerful faith in his mother.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2013
combines fairytale elements with actual documentary footage, and the personal with the political, creating a contemporary allegory of the dreams and delusions upon which the lives of East Germans were sustained.
May 27, 2004
Director Wolfgang Becker can claim the film's depth as its greatest achievement. He has taken an absurd situation, a silly premise, and added weight to the humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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