Good Bye, Lenin!
Good Bye, Lenin! (2004)

A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma after seeing her son arrested during a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 27, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Funny and poignant social critique of German reunification.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Non-Germans will certainly get the essence of the humor but may find the movie long and repetitive.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It is a sweethearted comedy about the fall of Communism and the lingering nostalgia for an East Germany that no longer exists.

Anton Bitel
Daily Info

combines fairytale elements with actual documentary footage, and the personal with the political, creating a contemporary allegory of the dreams and delusions upon which the lives of East Germans were sustained.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Charming and eventually poignant.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Watching Becker invent new challenges and new solutions in scene after scene makes Good Bye, Lenin! a joyous show, blurred by tears of sympathy.

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Eric Melin

The real story is how ideologies melt when it comes to affairs of the heart. In that way, the movie has an appeal that goes way beyond its country's borders.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A funny movie that rises above farce to the level of sophisticated satire.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Serves up an odd but intriguing situation.

Angie Ward
Christianity Today

Succeeds as a comedy, as a glimpse at a tumultuous time in European history, and as a thoughtful look at the great lengths to which people will go for important relationships.

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Christian C
This film is billed as "hysterically historical". I found the film did not live up to that billing or the potential afforded by the film's… More
Red Lats
Alex's mother falls into a coma just as the Berlin Wall comes down. Eight months later, she wakes up. Alex is told that any stress can give his mom… More
Mark Walker
Directors Lars von Trier from Denmark, Pedro Almodovar from Spain, Michael Haneke from Germany, Guillermo del Toro from Mexico and most recently Tomas Alfredson… More
Arash Xak
With another amazing score from Yann Tiersen
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The country my mother left behind was a country she believed in; a country we kept alive till her last breath; a country that never existed in… More
Jennifer Xu
I love movies that make me both cry and laugh, and Good Bye Lenin is filled to the brim with those moments. The Lives of Others was another film about the… More