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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 19, 2007
This cast almost makes The Good German watchable. It's just that their screenwriter and director don't do them any favors.
| Original Score: 2/5
December 14, 2006
The Good German is an easy movie to admire... but within all that style there's nothing to love. It's a hollow movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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
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James Berardinelli
December 12, 2006
The Good German, Steven Soderbergh's film noir homage, is nearly perfect when it comes to style and tone, but it concentrates so single-mindedly on the mechanics of the narrative that it loses sight of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 14, 2006
A few of Soderbergh's movies have foundered on a similar ironic detachment. The singular exception, Out of Sight, floated along on sexual electricity and warm movie love, but The Good German feels passionless, throttled by technique.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2006
A most peculiar and unsatisfying film.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 14, 2006
Mr. Soderbergh seems to have done everything within his power to keep the audience at arm's length.
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-
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
An utterly gaseous film
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 19, 2007
There's a line between homage and mimicry, and Soderbergh has crossed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 29, 2006
It's a political tale with no significant contemporary reverberations, a turgid espionage-tinged romance with no soul, and a play-it-again aesthetic showpiece without a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Victoria Alexander
December 5, 2006
The music and story are lousy. I'm calling for a Clooney-Soderbergh divorce.
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 16, 2006
An interesting stunt rather than a successful film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Todd McCarthy
December 1, 2006
The Good German has little of the luster, sheen and pictorial nuance of a top-flight Hollywood picture of the old school.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 14, 2006
Steven Soderbergh attempts to resurrect the magic of classical Hollywood, principally by sucking out all the air, energy and pleasure from his own filmmaking.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
December 15, 2006
Soderbergh has been having a helluva time matching his ambition with quality lately
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 15, 2006
The Good German is counterfeit coin in search of easy marks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 14, 2006
Technically stunning but narratively and thematically hollow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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