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John Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Yet, with Halder's change in fortune, his seemingly inconsequential decisions potentially jeopardize the people in his life with devastating effects.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By all accounts, Taylor's play was a more experimental piece than this film, in which the production values, like the acting, veer between the acceptable and the stodgy."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Good has a stagy fustiness, but it's worth seeing for Mortensen, who makes this study of 
 a 'good German' look creepily contemporary. He shows us the horror 
 of ignorance."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Bears a superficial resemblance to "The Conformist" and "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis," with their sense of dreary complacency, oppressively museum-like spaces, and curiously drab natural settings, but ultimately "Good" is less evocative"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"Ultimately Good, like its central figure, seems to lack the courage of its convictions."
‑ Chris Prince, Sky Movies
"It's a thought-provoking theme, which is rather let down by a thoroughly unconvincingly turn from Mortensen."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"The subject -- self-deception and failure of nerve in an unjust world -- is too messy and horrible to laugh away."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It definitely wouldn't have done anyone involved with Good any harm to ask what relevance heavy-handed history plays have to do with the world of today."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"A tale illustrating the banality of evil is as timely as ever but the execution is heavy-handed and even with location filming and elaborate sets it still feels very theatrical."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A strong cast and good starting material doesn't manage to save this unsuccessful adaptation."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"To its credit, Good is at least a piece with something serious to say, with little of the meretricious responsibility-deflecting that The Reader dealt in."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Good contributes very little to a conundrum that has occupied historians and psychologists for half a century."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Morally speaking, everything about Good is tidily correct. But it is more a predictable parable than a full-fledged narrative."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Good isn't great. The film has a quality cast who turn in fine performances in a movie that aims to be profound but isn't."
‑ , Daily Record [UK]
"Not for the first time, great theatre makes for a merely adequate film."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"We're gearing up for a clunker of a climax involving musically gifted interns at the world's sprucest concentration camp. Mortensen wears it well, but this feels like very old hat."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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