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Rosenstrasse Reviews

December 3, 2004
The trite framework, static staging and unemotional acting render this a most forgettable Holocaust tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
October 22, 2004
A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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 14, 2004
Some of the choices made here are more befitting a Lifetime movie of the week.
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
October 8, 2004
Rosenstrasse is manipulative, to be sure, but it's also very smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2004
An absorbing, sturdy and ultimately pedestrian melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2004
Von Trotta skims when she should be bearing down; tidies up when situations should be allowed to get much messier. In the end, this tale of human decency fails to make you feel enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 7, 2004
Labored storytelling defeats sterling intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 28, 2004
Rosenstrasse is again only a sad reminder of the earlier von Trotta.
August 27, 2004
The lack of a streamlined narrative and reliance on manipulative devices turn a story of stark significance into a middling melodrama.
August 27, 2004
The picture's structural intricacy is a smoke screen for its psychological and emotional shallowness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 27, 2004
Von Trotta, who's obviously less personally invested in her story, seems more than a little calculating in her efforts to wring tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
August 24, 2004
While the film concentrates on Lena, eloquently portrayed by Katja Riemann, the movie earns your empathy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2004
Despite the unique focus, the time-tripping screenplay hits manipulative buttons about Nazis and their victims that have been pressed many times before and with a steelier edge.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 20, 2004
Mawkish and manipulative.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 20, 2004
A movie in which an extraordinary collective act of moral and physical courage is relegated to a backdrop for a mushy, synthetic family melodrama.
August 20, 2004
A modest yet moving fact-based drama.
August 19, 2004
The German director Margarethe von Trotta revisits a relatively obscure episode from Germany's Nazi past to dismally inept effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 19, 2004
Captures well not only the varying states of mind and levels of awareness in Germany during World War II but also the era's lingering effect upon its survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 19, 2004
Interludes stop the movie in its tracks and, counter no doubt to von Trotta's intentions, do a disservice to the Rosenstrasse women themselves, who shouldn't have to fight for screen time.
August 17, 2004
Bumpily paced, it's overlong and freighted with a soppy, manipulative musical score.
August 17, 2004
Pic is always watchable thanks to the fine perfs, with Riemann and Schade, who convincingly portray young and old Lena, respectively, rating high in the acting stakes.
January 20, 2004
All of the actors acquit themselves well, with a special nod to the warm and vital Schade, the loyal and radiant Riemann and Schrader.