Ninotchka Reviews

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November 27, 2018
This is the cinema's lightest and sharpest appraisal of communism.
May 8, 2018
This is not merely a Garbo film, it is a Lubitsch film, and the result is enchanting.
May 9, 2016
The romantic roundelay, linking fine emotions with fine lingerie, is shadowed by the brutality of Soviet tyranny.
June 11, 2015
The prospect of seeing the usually oh-so-serious Greta Garbo nyukking it up proved irresistible to the moviegoing public of 1939.
January 18, 2013
This column has generally no quarrel with scene-to-scene entertainment, serving a legitimate demand for relaxation, though it adds up to nothing. But the entertaining gags of this picture add up to something, and it is not pleasant.
January 15, 2013
This one is neither crude clowning nor crude prejudice, but a literate and knowingly directed satire which lands many a shrewd crack about phony Five Year Plans, collective farms, Communist jargon and pseudo-scientific gab.
December 27, 2012
Ninotchka is delicate flirtation and political satire made into a perfect whole, and a reminder of skills that studio writers have largely lost.
February 10, 2012
Iridescent and teaming with vitality, Garbo glows in her penultimate film.
March 1, 2011
Ninotchka stands as one of the finest films Lubitsch made. It was reportedly one of the director's own favorites among his films, and it's easy to see why.
December 26, 2010
Great, but kids may need historical context.
November 23, 2009
The masterpiece among Lubitsch's later films.
February 11, 2009
It's comedy is rooted in classic sentimentality, but the dialog is often hammer and sickle sharp.
February 3, 2009
It is a film that blends pratfalls and a sophisticated comedy of manners.
February 3, 2009
Selection of Ernst Lubitsch to pilot Garbo in her first light performance in pictures proves a bull's-eye.
February 3, 2009
The satire may be mostly a matter of easy contrasts, but the lovers inhabit a world of elegance and poise that is uniquely and movingly Lubitsch's.
April 5, 2008
This was Garbo's first comedy and second last film. And it's a unique role for her, first because she starts off as a dour, cold comrade with no sense of humour, and second because she laughs herself into a love of capitalist vices.
February 20, 2008
It's Garbo's next-to-last film and first American comedy.
September 11, 2006
MGM announced to the world: Garbo Laughs! In a major departure from her screen image, Garbo brings incredibly sensual abandon to her role of a glum, scientifically trained Bolshevik envoy who succumbs to Parisian decadence of romance and champagne.
March 3, 2006
Garbo laughs ... and the rest of us revel in a comedy delight.
January 26, 2006
It's still consistently amusing, and Garbo throws herself into the fray with engaging vigour.
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