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The Good German Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
An utterly gaseous film
Cole Smithey
April 23, 2009
A beautifully flawed experiment, "The Good German" is an entertaining if unbalanced war drama that places modern cinema mores on a classic style of American film when the Hayes code would never have allowed such overt sexual reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
The Good German is the bad movie. Except for the ambience -- the look of the film -- it stumbles awkwardly on every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5
Brian Holcomb
May 2, 2008
No matter that it's based on a book, the movie is more about how the reality of the time was seen through the lens of a Michael Curtiz while he was filming "Casablanca".
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
The final verdict on this movie is that for all its attempts to replicate the great movies of the 1940s, it fails miserably.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 23, 2007
While admirable as an example of directorial innovation and homage, The Good German fails to connect on a basic emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 23, 2007
A homage to the romantic noir mysteries of the 1940s, a tribute that tries hard but, alas, misses the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 22, 2007
Flat noir homage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Julia Buckley
March 30, 2007
Buddies Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney started out so well. But The Good German is so painful that their recent decision to go their separate ways really merits a gospel choir.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2007
It's Soderbergh's commitment and creativity that lift The Good German above many of its peers, no matter the era.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
It's an achievement so hermetic it hardly bothers to be a movie.
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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 9, 2007
It's "The Good German," but not "The Great German."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 9, 2007
While the title raises the question of whether it is possible to escape atrocity without somehow being complicit with those committing them ... Soderbergh seems infinitely more interested in making an anachronism than a timeless film.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
March 8, 2007
Why emphasise flaws in a film of such overall ambition and expertise?
Matthew Turner
March 8, 2007
[The Good German is] technically astonishing and Blanchett is excellent, but the script is dull and the confusing plot fails to engage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
March 7, 2007
This should have been Soderbergh gold. Instead it is mostly unengaging and dull, proof positive that they don't make them like they used to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Arendt
March 6, 2007
A film that feels more like a cinematographer's showreel than an involving drama: flashy, but heartless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 5, 2007
The lot of it is pseudonoir.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 2, 2007
Modern sensibilities crash against period style...
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2007
Steven Soderbergh massages his fond memories of the golden (if sometimes black and white) days of movies with a noirish sensibility.
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