The Good German
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"The Good German" takes place in the ruins of post-WWII Berlin, where U.S. Army war correspondent Jake Geismar becomes embroiled with Lena Brandt, a former lover who is trying to escape her past in the aftermath of the war. Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be hiding in her desperation to get out of Berlin. Tully, a soldier in the American army motor pool assigned to drive Jake around the city, has black market connections that may be Lena's way out--or lead them all into even darker territory.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Why emphasise flaws in a film of such overall ambition and expertise?"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"We get no heroes, not even flawed ones. Clooney, our marquee man, chases through numbing plot contortions only because of his lust for Lena. By the time The Good German ended, I had barely a clue if the good ones had lived or died."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"An utterly gaseous film"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"No matter that it's based on a book, the movie is more about how the reality of the time was seen through the lens of a Michael Curtiz while he was filming "Casablanca"."
‑ Brian Holcomb, PopMatters
"A homage to the romantic noir mysteries of the 1940s, a tribute that tries hard but, alas, misses the mark."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This cast almost makes The Good German watchable. It's just that their screenwriter and director don't do them any favors."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The Good German is a movie wonk's triumph and no one else's. Soderbergh gets the visuals right but not the clean storytelling line of classic cinema, nor the iconic characters or moral certainty of the oldies."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A beautifully flawed experiment, "The Good German" is an entertaining if unbalanced war drama that places modern cinema mores on a classic style of American film when the Hayes code would never have allowed such overt sexual reality."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The final verdict on this movie is that for all its attempts to replicate the great movies of the 1940s, it fails miserably."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Flat noir homage."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's a line between homage and mimicry, and Soderbergh has crossed it."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"I have to admire an ostensibly nostalgic entertainment that so concertedly undermines the romanticism of wartime Hollywood."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The Good German is the bad movie. Except for the ambience -- the look of the film -- it stumbles awkwardly on every level."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"While admirable as an example of directorial innovation and homage, The Good German fails to connect on a basic emotional level."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Buddies Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney started out so well. But The Good German is so painful that their recent decision to go their separate ways really merits a gospel choir."
‑ Julia Buckley, thelondonpaper
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