The Good German
The Good German (2007)

"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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 19, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Steven Soderbergh succeeds in emulating the glossy look of 1940s noirs, The Good German ultimately ends up as a self-conscious exercise in style that forgets to develop compelling characters.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Why emphasise flaws in a film of such overall ambition and expertise?

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

An utterly gaseous film

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This cast almost makes The Good German watchable. It's just that their screenwriter and director don't do them any favors.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

There's a line between homage and mimicry, and Soderbergh has crossed it.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

I have to admire an ostensibly nostalgic entertainment that so concertedly undermines the romanticism of wartime Hollywood.

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Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

The Good German is the bad movie. Except for the ambience -- the look of the film -- it stumbles awkwardly on every level.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
Soderbergh's visuals are intriguing in this WWII drama, but the story is anything but. Clooney's charisma proves not enough to make the film… More
Jim Hunter
A serviceman investigates the death of a smuggler who was having an affair with his ex-girlfriend. The story of this film is such a classic noir that all its… More
Jens S.
Director Steven Soderbergh's homage to 1940s film noir cinema stays true to the filming methods used back in the day: the camera work, lighting, music,… More
Melvin White
Lena Brandt: You can never really get out of Berlin.  "Not Everyone Finds Peace After The War" One thing I got while watching The Good German is… More
Daniel Perry
In the end, on an airstrip in the rain, it became clear what Soderbergh thought he was doing: making a new Casablanca. And while the "zigzag plot"… More
Ken Stachnik
More of an interesting experiment than a successful film. The juxtaposition of classic style with modern violence, sexuality and violence really reminded me of… More

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