Rosenstrasse Reviews

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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.
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.
October 8, 2004
Rosenstrasse is manipulative, to be sure, but it's also very smart.
October 2, 2004
Passive resistance to Nazism effectively dramatized
September 24, 2004
An absorbing, sturdy and ultimately pedestrian melodrama.
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 24, 2004
The intense focus on one child and one story is the strength of Rosenstrasse, but it will break your heart.
September 7, 2004
Labored storytelling defeats sterling intentions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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