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½ April 10, 2017
Once again I enjoy a Soderbergh experiment more than everyone else for some reason. The problem is that it's way more airless and self-serious than those war-time noirs really were, so it can get a little boring at times, but the arcane, impossible-to-follow-the-first-time plot and anti-climactic ending are both straight out of The Big Sleep and its ilk, and it looks gorgeous. Not the most amazing thing I've ever watched, but I found it entertaining.
June 27, 2016
Interesting idea for a film, yet the "unique style" did not compensate for the boring and fully predictable plot. Perhaps that was also a feature of the fils of that era, in which case Soderbergh nailed it.
June 6, 2016
While trying to capture the essence of the 1940-50's era war-drama film noir movies, "The Good German" fails to capture everything else. The story is a mess, the first act horrible and while George Clooney & Cate Blanchett are great as always, Tobey Maquire has never been more annoying, awful and seriously badly miscasted. Good idea, bad execution.
Super Reviewer
February 21, 2016
Should have been called the useless American. How many times can one guy get put on his ass? How did he get so far in the army? Did he skip basic training? All the characters were generically unlikeable so it was impossible to empathise with their plight. The best bit was Clooneys character telling an annoying prostitute to take a couple of hours off which I interpreted to be an intention at saving other men from her boring and scornful jealous babble. And the less said about Tobey Maguires acting the better. However it wasn't all bad. As the film droned on and by the time it's almost over a strong theme of survival emerges as the motivation for the female lead. Blanchett and Clooney carry the film...clearly! Without them it would've been palpable expletive. Plus the way Steven Soderbergh filmed WAS intriguing.
September 18, 2015
Artsy disappointment.....clumsy.
September 1, 2015
This one might actually be a good one. Besides, it has Cate Blanchett in it and she's a pretty good actress.
June 9, 2015
T-Neuman Pits His Sweeping Soundtrack Against The Authentic Film Noir With Its Classy Cinema Vibe. The Story Shunts Its Way Thru The Beginning But Overall a its A Rewarding Enough Watch.
May 6, 2015
Ein Film, im Stile der 40er Jahre und als Film Noir erzählt.
Wenn man schon hört, dass Soderbergh und Clooney wieder zusammen arbeiten, dazu noch mit Blanchett und Maguire, ist man schon neugierig, was das neue Werk angeht. Leider wird man enttäuscht von dieser Geschichte!
Der Film ist langweilig und es passiert nur selten etwas. Da kann man schon sagen: Das Auge war grösser, als der Hunger!" Leider ist der Film so ziemlich fade und es hat keinerlei Spannung drin.
Was gut war, dass man wieder einmal mit dem Stil der Nachkriegszeit gespielt hat.
Fazit: Gute Darsteller in einer faden Geschichte, dass nie so richtig in die Gänge kommt!
½ April 22, 2015
Ambitious to imitate and make another classic just like Casablanca ? Failure !
½ January 20, 2015
Tècnicamente buena, pero es una pelicula sin alma, un giro a obras maestras del film noir como Casablanca y El Tercer Hombre.
November 6, 2014
Il y a tellement de cinéma dans chacun des plans de The Good German (filmé à la manière des années 40, avec les studios, les micros et la lumière artisanale) qu'on peut facilement pardonner à Soderbergh ses baisses de rythme assez fréquentes dans la deuxième partie du film. Le film est si magnifique visuellement qu'on ne s'ennuie pas devant cette histoire de scientifique nazi porté disparu. Si George Clooney et Cate Blanchett sont très bons, Tobey Maguire est absolument génial en tête brûlée raciste et violent. Ajoutez à ça un excellent score de Thomas Newman (pas de surprises ici) et vous avez la définition du style over substance réussi.
August 31, 2014
I don't consider this a mere homage of "film noir" pictures, but an actual, 20th century one. And although it certainly is not of the caliber of "Casablanca" or "The Maltese Falcon", that doesn't mean its not an entertaining film.
April 13, 2014
"The Good German" pays homage to the style and technique of Hollywood movies in the 1940s but ends up a flat and unconvincing parody.
February 15, 2014
It had a lot of potential but it is too much of a replica to Casablanca
½ February 14, 2014
A terrible, slow, head achingly unoriginal excuse of a film.
December 30, 2013
Great homage to the film noir, this thrilling story is greatly pitched, acted and shot in a marvelous black and white.
½ September 23, 2013
I'm a little confused with the title of this movie; who was the good German? Decent acting all-around, but Clooney's expressions looked affected. A sad tale of what a desperate woman did in order to survive.
September 23, 2013
noir et blanc film noir set in postwar postdam. Blanchett smokes her way through her contessa role with panache. Clooney clowny as usual and does a good Bogart. but it's Maguire who surprises with his greedy devious character, a deviation from his goody roles.
September 18, 2013
Not a fan. While I can appreciate the care and craftsmanship that went in to making this film, it simply didn't keep my interest in terms of story and acting. And I'm not much of a fan of pre-1970 movies with their over-the-top stage performances.
September 9, 2013
to me b&w should enhance a movie and that is what makes the great old movies so great- they had vibrancy and felt so alive- this movie is none of that. it seems deliberate to play on the past but is obvious that is really just an overblown excuse for everyone involved to use the neat effect of b&w. *shakes head* feels like they have a new toy they are trying out and oh also graphic sex scenes with tobey is just wrong on so many levels
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