Good (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though ambitious, Good stumbles in the transition from stage to screen, and Mortensen's performance isn't enough to cover its flaws.

Leo Goldsmith

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

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Good contributes very little to a conundrum that has occupied historians and psychologists for half a century.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Daily Record (UK)

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.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The subject -- self-deception and failure of nerve in an unjust world -- is too messy and horrible to laugh away.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

Chris Prince
Sky Cinema

Ultimately Good, like its central figure, seems to lack the courage of its convictions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
Despite its admirable intentions, this is a frustrating drama that lacks enough dramatic intensity and strength to deliver its intended message about evil and… More
Curtis Lilly
While there were many problems with the film, I have to like it because it affected me so much. Excellent cast makes it better, but I will agree that it lacked… More
Cynthia S.
Viggo is an amazing actor, and this subject is definitely my favorite subject. But, for some reason, this movie just didn't hit the the right notes for me.… More
Gimly M.
Lots of people in this world will shy away from Nazis in any way, shape or form. I however have no qualms about taboo. I'll be sensitive to people who… More
Sophie Burgess
I was extremely dissappointed by this film. It lacked an edge to it. It just seemed like I was following this random guys life during a difficult period in his… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Good," it is 1933 in Berlin where John Halder(Viggo Mortensen) not only has the responsibilities of being a literature… More