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Good Bye, Lenin! Reviews

July 21, 2004
Non-Germans will certainly get the essence of the humor but may find the movie long and repetitive.
May 13, 2004
Charming and eventually poignant.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 23, 2004
A funny movie that rises above farce to the level of sophisticated satire.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2004
It is a sweethearted comedy about the fall of Communism and the lingering nostalgia for an East Germany that no longer exists.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 2, 2004
Watching Becker invent new challenges and new solutions in scene after scene makes Good Bye, Lenin! a joyous show, blurred by tears of sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2004
Serves up an odd but intriguing situation.
Read More | Original Score: B
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 26, 2004
Good Bye, Lenin! beautifully mixes comedy, sentimentality, and cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 26, 2004
Becker ably milks the premise for irony and amusement.
Read More | Original Score: B-
March 25, 2004
A deft balance of wistful family drama and drollery.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2004
Like the East German pickles Alex finds for his mother, it's a tasty but evasive treat, no matter what your taste in politics or movies.
Read More | 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
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.
March 19, 2004
Beneath the family saga and easy digs at the tackiness of Western consumer culture, Becker presents a serious critique of authoritarianism and propaganda.
March 19, 2004
Becker handles the film's comedy with fluency ... but he's even better when it comes to the story's more wistful dramatic elements.
March 19, 2004
Anyone who has ever longed for the good ol' days -- even the ones that weren't so good -- will find resonance in this well-told and well-acted parable of family and political unification.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2004
A film that's ostensibly about politics ... turns out to be a love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 19, 2004
It's mainly a hunt for ironies, usually playful but occasionally poignant, and the search is definitely successful enough to merit our attention -- although maybe not the two-hour running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2004
The impulses to entertain and enlighten are at odds here, and the final result ends up landing somewhere in between: smart, funny, but rarely both at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 12, 2004
Deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 12, 2004
Well-acted by Sass and the very likable Brühl.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2004
A funny and intermittently sharp German satire that musters gentle nostalgia for East German communism while mocking the not-so-distant past.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 27, 2004
There are many funny lines and situations, accompanied by strong performances all around.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 26, 2004
Funny but not a comedy, serious but never overbearing, emotional in an engaging and bittersweet way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
This is a very funny picture, though it's never burlesqued and is, in fact, occasionally poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 26, 2004
The mix of melancholy and possibility that Alex and his generation feel is made real, and moving.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
February 24, 2004
Overlong and a bit tiresome but it's actually about something -- not so much ostalgie as the conditions that create it.
January 30, 2004
Good Bye, Lenin! fares even better as a straightforward story about a mother and son.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4