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Rosenstrasse Reviews

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CT Staff
Christianity Today
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
December 13, 2004
True story of one of the few attempts by Germans to launch protests against the Nazi dictatorship.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 29, 2004
Succeeds as a testament to the power of love and, in particular, as a tribute to brave women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 28, 2004
A solid, thoughtful, involving drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Angel Gonzalez
Dallas Morning News
October 14, 2004
The film opens a window into the fact that not all good Germans were cowed during those dark times.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 11, 2004
It's a very intimate, personal drama for three women whose lives are entwined in unexpected ways, and a true pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
October 8, 2004
For all its flaws, Rosenstrasse is a welcome reminder that humans are capable of valor and generosity in the worst of times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 8, 2004
Von Trotta has made the story lucidly painful, and only a brick would not be moved. But she has also padded it, rather than burrowing tightly into the protest and its details.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 8, 2004
Rosenstrasse is manipulative, to be sure, but it's also very smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Proyect
October 2, 2004
Passive resistance to Nazism effectively dramatized
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 24, 2004
An absorbing, sturdy and ultimately pedestrian melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 24, 2004
The intense focus on one child and one story is the strength of Rosenstrasse, but it will break your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 5, 2004
It imbues its characters with thoughtful grace, and shines a light on a forgotten but very important moment in a dark and terrible time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 3, 2004
Von Trotta may have taken on too much -- her film suffers from a surfeit of characters with complicated back stories. Nevertheless, I prefer it to the movies I usually see that set out to do too little.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 3, 2004
One of the cinema's most stirring celebrations of married love and a portrayal of the 'good German' in World War II that is true, convincing and profoundly moving.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Mairs
August 30, 2004
The tears...generated feel earned rather than forced; it's as good a fiction film on the subject as can be imagined.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 29, 2004
Von Trotta's conceptual successes rarely translate into dramatic ones...Nevertheless, Von Trotta makes her points...while illuminating a subcultural story of the Holocaust.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 26, 2004
The heart of the film is so strong that its images of love and devotion shared by wives and husbands on the edge of an abyss remain indelibly etched in one's memory.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 24, 2004
While the film concentrates on Lena, eloquently portrayed by Katja Riemann, the movie earns your empathy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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