The Good German Reviews

  • Jun 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.

    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.

  • Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
    Feb 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.

    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.

  • Sep 18, 2015

    Artsy disappointment.....clumsy.

    Artsy disappointment.....clumsy.

  • May 06, 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!

    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!

  • Apr 22, 2015

    Ambitious to imitate and make another classic just like Casablanca ? Failure !

    Ambitious to imitate and make another classic just like Casablanca ? Failure !

  • Jan 20, 2015

    Tècnicamente buena, pero es una pelicula sin alma, un giro a obras maestras del film noir como Casablanca y El Tercer Hombre.

    Tècnicamente buena, pero es una pelicula sin alma, un giro a obras maestras del film noir como Casablanca y El Tercer Hombre.

  • Nov 06, 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.

    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.

  • Aug 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.

    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.

  • Mar 26, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • Feb 15, 2014

    It had a lot of potential but it is too much of a replica to Casablanca

    It had a lot of potential but it is too much of a replica to Casablanca