Rosenstrasse Reviews

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November 1, 2006
In spite of some manipulation and improbability, Rosenstrasse made me feel good for a good, historical reason, and it didn't minimize anyone's suffering in the process.
September 16, 2005
Lena became a foster mother to Ruth for several years, but for all the interest von Trotta puts into that story, Lena might as well have been asked to catsit.
January 8, 2005
This story is inherently dramatic enough to stand on its own, but von Trotta throws it off-kilter by framing her film within a dead-end, modern subplot.
December 24, 2004
While most of Rosenstrasse is set in World War II, there are present-day, flash-forward sequences that are considerably less involving. Actually, they're so dull that they drag the entire movie to a screeching halt.
December 17, 2004
The film is anchored in particular by the dual performances of Schade as the 90-year-old Lena and the magnificent Riemann as her younger counterpart.
December 13, 2004
True story of one of the few attempts by Germans to launch protests against the Nazi dictatorship.
December 12, 2004
Not uninteresting, and it is very nicely performed, although you'll strain to learn from the movie the history on which it is based and struggle futilely to get inside the motivations of its characters.
December 9, 2004
The movie's disjointed flow makes it hard to watch the story unfold.
December 3, 2004
The trite framework, static staging and unemotional acting render this a most forgettable Holocaust tale.
November 15, 2004
Has the never-ending wave of less-than-essential Holocaust movies begun to reduce the most horrific episode of the 20th Century to the level of just another genre?
October 29, 2004
Succeeds as a testament to the power of love and, in particular, as a tribute to brave women.
October 28, 2004
A solid, thoughtful, involving drama.
October 25, 2004
The episode...is a fascinating one, and potentially the stuff of powerful drama. But von Trotta blunts the impact.
October 22, 2004
A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject.
October 19, 2004
Lampe, Schrader and Riemann all do the best they can, but this film sinks under weight of the clunky screenplay by von Trotta and Pamela Katz.
October 15, 2004
I couldn't get past the modern-day interruptions to get to the heart of this story.
October 14, 2004
The film opens a window into the fact that not all good Germans were cowed during those dark times.
October 14, 2004
The incidents at Rosenstrasse deserve a good movie, but Rosenstrasse is not it.
October 14, 2004
Some of the choices made here are more befitting a Lifetime movie of the week.
October 11, 2004
It's a very intimate, personal drama for three women whose lives are entwined in unexpected ways, and a true pleasure.
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