Rosenstrasse Reviews

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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 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 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 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.
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.
September 7, 2004
Labored storytelling defeats sterling intentions.
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.
August 27, 2004
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.
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