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The Good German Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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-
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2007
It's Soderbergh's commitment and creativity that lift The Good German above many of its peers, no matter the era.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 9, 2007
It's "The Good German," but not "The Great German."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 18, 2007
One of the most artistically daring movies of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 2, 2007
A rewarding exercise in formalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
January 30, 2007
You can ignore the behind-the-scenes technicalities and enjoy the movie on face value: as a moderately entertaining nod to 'Casablanca.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 29, 2007
A cold movie that sacrifices so-called 'heart' to achieve a primarily technical effect -- an appropriate strategy for a story about death camp inmates enslaved to produce rockets for the Nazis.
| Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 19, 2007
The result is a harshly lighted, high-contrast monochrome that illuminates the war-torn rubble with grace and poetry while allowing motives to stay hidden in the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 30, 2006
If German is cynical about its characters' motives, it is not cynical about the movie's ability to make us think and feel.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Bell
Film Threat
December 30, 2006
Soderbergh is to be commended for being able to revive the feelings associated with classic cinema through imagery and casting, but The Good German will not find itself as revered in the long run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 22, 2006
I have to admire an ostensibly nostalgic entertainment that so concertedly undermines the romanticism of wartime Hollywood.
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2006
The photography is so beautiful, and the actors make brave choices, and Soderbergh's homage to the films he so obviously loves is done with such grace and passion -- so there's just enough that works to outweigh the major plot concerns.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 22, 2006
It works, as homage to a particular time and place in film history, and as a knowing revision that brings Hollywood's subtext of '40s postwar corruption to the surface. The Good German isn't so much an imitation as a crafty modernization.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
December 22, 2006
Soderbergh's attempt to re-create a 40s film noir might not be for all tastes but Paul Attanasio's script keeps the story engaging long enough.
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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 22, 2006
Still-relevant political observation...[and] a nifty mystery that's a bit too self-conscious for its own good.
| Original Score: 3/4
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