The Good German Reviews

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May 1, 2020
Cate Blanchett's most underrated performance and the best she's looked on screen.
November 7, 2019
In the finest tradition of some of our most celebrated films of all time, The Good German, is destined to join their ranks as a classic and timeless tale of lies, love, intrigue, political and moral corruption.
February 18, 2012
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.
July 14, 2007
March 24, 2007
It's Soderbergh's commitment and creativity that lift The Good German above many of its peers, no matter the era.
March 9, 2007
It's "The Good German," but not "The Great German."
March 8, 2007
Why emphasise flaws in a film of such overall ambition and expertise?
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.
March 1, 2007
Steven Soderbergh massages his fond memories of the golden (if sometimes black and white) days of movies with a noirish sensibility.
February 18, 2007
One of the most artistically daring movies of 2006.
February 2, 2007
A rewarding exercise in formalism.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 22, 2006
I have to admire an ostensibly nostalgic entertainment that so concertedly undermines the romanticism of wartime Hollywood.
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.
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.
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