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½ January 15, 2018
One of the better romantic comedies of the era. 1001 movies to see before you die.
December 7, 2017
Delicious cinema. It's like tasting a good wine. The movie is relevant today more than ever. It is witty, comedic, romantic and very enjoyable. And what is really surprising it's very accurate in its satiric depiction of communism. It doesn't exaggerate, it doesn't belittle, it shows the real face of communism (without gore, of course). Greta Garbo shines in the title role. The story itself is wonderful in its timeless appeal, for all ages. The dialogue in this movie is another wonder: the film doesn't waste a single line of it. They just don't make movies like this anymore.
½ September 24, 2017
Garbo's dead pan delivery to Melvyn Douglas' flirtations are comedic gold. The 3 supporting Russian emissaries are just perfect. A great Rom-com and send up of soviet communism.
July 7, 2017
Greta Garbo at her best? Most definitely!
½ July 2, 2017
Funny movie with Greta Garbo, Mervyn Douglas. "Garbo laughs"
April 20, 2017
Love it. Only seen it twice. Far too early to review it. Lubitsch, Wilder, Garbo. What more could you ask for?
December 24, 2016
This is a drastically overrated film. I believe people associate praising this film as an homage to Greta Garbo, who herself may have been vastly overrated as an actress. It is an unbelievable comedy - I don't mean that to emphasis greatness, as it is literally very unrealistic. The plot is silly, the comic relief characters are endearing, the acting poor, so it is difficult to comprehend why the groupthink of critics award this "classic" status. I don't believe they know either.
July 13, 2016
Simply put, this is a perfect and charming story. It moves along smoothly and effectively and it never makes a wrong turn. What may be most interesting about it is the amount of facts and information the screenwriters injected into the story. Today, any historical account of a past time would for the most part avoid discussing what actually happened and just stick to the present. Here, the film was released just as World War II was beginning and the Soviet Union was quickly becoming a major player in world affairs. There are large monologues where the characters are discussing the beliefs of the communistic society compared to a capitalistic society. Ernst Lubitsch directs with his usual wit and flair while also poking fun at serious subjects at the time. Garbo gives perhaps her finest performance and Melvyn Douglas has never been more suave. A true masterpiece of the Golden Age, Ninotchka is not to be missed by anyone who loves the movies.
June 28, 2016
Three bumbling Soviet lackeys are trying to sell some confiscated jewels in Paris so they can buy farm equipment for a people's commune. The matter is complicated once the dashing paramour (Melvyn Douglas) of an expatriate Russian noblewoman (Ina Claire) attempts to cheat the trio. Another agent of the USSR (Greta Garbo) is dispatched to fix the problem, but she didn't count on being swept off her feet. Ninotchka is a surprisingly witty and acerbic spoof of Red Scare politics, but its key asset is found in Greta Garbo's vivid (and hilarious) performance. The setting and subject matter make this film into a weird time capsule, but that doesn't stop Ninotchka from being very entertaining in its own right.
May 27, 2016
Testament of an age of high quality screenplays. Intelligent satire, effective comedy and splendid vehicle for Greta Garbo in one of her most unforgettable creations.
January 31, 2016
"Garbo laughs"! So will you. A must see!
November 13, 2015
The political satire isn't quite as sharp as in "To Be and Not to Be" and Garbo isn't as good as in "Camille" (the thick Russian accent and monotone voice she has to adopt for most of the film makes her slightly less effective than she could be), but generally speaking, this romantic comedy from Lubitsch is a delight. If Garbo isn't at her absolute peak, Melvyn Douglas surely is and he steals the movie. Bela Lugosi fans should note he has a very small role.
November 1, 2015
Now, here you have a perfect example of one of those films which all the critics consider a classic comedy but you have to ask yourself, how would this be rated if it were released in modern times. I can tell you I reckon it would be under consideration for a golden raspberry. I reckon this was a memorable film in the career of an actress who obviously was a golden girl of her time, I presume because she was a pin-up girl and not much more. Admitadely, this is the first Garbo film I've seen so my opinion my be a bit premature but I just couldn't see why this film is in the lists of the greatest classic films ever. It's a stupid love story with some ridiculous coincidences and the way that she changes from a hard-faced Russian diplomat to a fancy-free lovestruck pussycat was lazy filmmaking.
½ October 26, 2015
A soviet investigator falls in love with an charming lawyer in this Billy Wilder partially penned romantic comedy. The movie moves along at a sluggish pace, but the chemistry between the leads is solid, and Garbo is beautiful and fantastic. A much simpler solution at the end would be for the two leads to get married, so Leon could get his visa. But this is my first Ernst Lubitsch film, and its a good one.
October 13, 2015
I like this movie if for no other reason it pegged my LOL Meter. Witty dialogue and almost a useful study of international affairs! I endorsed this for my 20 year old daughter to watch and use some great ' dead pan lines' on potential suitors! Garbo's eyes and expressions are classic.
½ September 10, 2015
Dark but Romantic Drama
½ September 10, 2015
One of my favourite comedy movies.
August 9, 2015
At the core of this film is a dispute between the French and the Russians over which nationality a certain set of rich jewelry belongs to. Three Russians have obtained the jewels (legally from what I understood) although technically they had belonged to a powerful individual from France. The leading actor plays a Frenchman who is trying to make a compromise for both sides, but the three Russians want a consultant for themselves, so they hire the titular Ninotchka, a Russian woman devoid of all joy and happiness.

The Frenchman meets this woman before finding out she is the consultant for the Russians, and as if it was fate, he falls for her. He is persistent to spend time with her, and even realizes she does not enjoy life as she should, so he attempts to make her laugh, but there is no success until he does something unintentionally - he falls over a table in a restaurant and it makes everybody, including Ninotchka, to laugh themselves silly.

After this incident, things seem to change for Ninotchka, and she even laughs during very serious matters such as while she consults the three Russians about the dispute at hand. She truly enjoys life now and she comes to like the man, Leon, a lot, and eventually falls in love. This doesn't come about without some struggles, of course, but the heart of the movie effectively tells us that life is definitely worth enjoying.

This being a comedy, I wish there was more and better humor involved, but this movie is delightful in that its message is inspiring and still does fine without "better" comedy.
½ July 13, 2015
This is a pretty solid movie. Then again, Billy Wilder is one of the screenwriters.

Some of the jokes of the film hold up well. There's quite a few jabs made at the expense of the Soviet Union. Most of those types of jokes are pretty funny.

Advertising for this film focused on Greta Garbo and the fact the she laughs. Well... she does do that, but she delivers a very good performance as well. TVTropes would call it a defrosting of the ice queen, but it's a defrosting handled so well and so naturally by Garbo.

It's a fun little movie. It is annoying that Garbo takes so long to show up and that Bela Lugosi is only in one scene, but it has a few good laughs. It's worth checking out if only to see Garbo's very good performance. Shame 1939 had to be the best year for movies ever. Garbo got an Oscar nod for this and lost to Vivien Leigh for a little movie called Gone With The Wind.
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