The Good German Reviews

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January 24, 2019
There's a certain distance with which you view the characters, the involvement is not such that they stay with you after the film.
August 28, 2009
An utterly gaseous film
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.
August 7, 2008
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".
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.
June 2, 2007
May 23, 2007
While admirable as an example of directorial innovation and homage, The Good German fails to connect on a basic emotional level.
May 23, 2007
A homage to the romantic noir mysteries of the 1940s, a tribute that tries hard but, alas, misses the mark.
May 22, 2007
Flat noir homage.
April 25, 2007
March 30, 2007
Buddies Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney started out so well. But The Good German is so painful that their recent decision to go their separate ways really merits a gospel choir.
March 15, 2007
It's an achievement so hermetic it hardly bothers to be a movie.
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.
March 7, 2007
This should have been Soderbergh gold. Instead it is mostly unengaging and dull, proof positive that they don't make them like they used to.
March 6, 2007
A film that feels more like a cinematographer's showreel than an involving drama: flashy, but heartless.
March 5, 2007
The lot of it is pseudonoir.
March 2, 2007
Modern sensibilities crash against period style...
February 15, 2007
There's not much beyond self-conscious mise-en-scènes and a lead actor who isn't mysterious or magnetic as much as he's simply aloof.
February 6, 2007
The failing ... is it takes itself dead-on seriously. Frankly, it would be easier to think of this (lifting the finale from 'Casablanca') and other sequences...as comedic.
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