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The Good German Reviews

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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.
Read More | 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
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
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
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.
December 21, 2006
A most peculiar and unsatisfying film.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 14, 2006
Mr. Soderbergh seems to have done everything within his power to keep the audience at arm's length.
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-
August 28, 2009
An utterly gaseous film
January 19, 2007
There's a line between homage and mimicry, and Soderbergh has crossed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
December 5, 2006
The music and story are lousy. I'm calling for a Clooney-Soderbergh divorce.
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December 16, 2006
An interesting stunt rather than a successful film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 15, 2006
Soderbergh has been having a helluva time matching his ambition with quality lately
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 15, 2006
The Good German is counterfeit coin in search of easy marks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2006
Technically stunning but narratively and thematically hollow.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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