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  • Summary: A German literature professor in the 1930s, 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 anA German literature professor in the 1930s, 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. (THINKFilms) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Good has a stagy fustiness, but it's worth seeing for Mortensen, who makes this study of a "good German" look creepily contemporary.
  2. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    70
    Good demonstrates the surprising power of character flaws in drama. How else to explain that the portrayal of a good man who does nothing in Good should prove more dramatically compelling than the stories in "Valkyrie" and "Defiance" of good men who did good?
  3. Good contributes very little to a conundrum that has occupied historians and psychologists for half a century.
  4. 50
    Viggo Mortensen looks the part but never brings it home with great conviction or passion. I never believed in the character and that greatly diminished the film's ability to argue its ethical case.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    Inept works like Good, which remains, like most such works, on the anecdotal fringe of the problem.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    40
    Regrettably, the long-delayed adaptation from director Vicente Amorim and screenwriter John Wrathall gets crushed by the weight of trying to be something more; it's really just the story of a rather ordinary but disappointing man. The filmmakers reach for metaphor and allegory, but it comes at the expense of an emotional connection.
  7. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    0
    So incompetently mounted by Brazilian director Vicente Amorim (it takes a clumsy directorial hand to make Viggo Mortensen come on like Sesame Street's Mr. Noodle) as to be utterly incoherent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. April
    Jan 7, 2009
    10
    Flawless performance, great acting. Intriguing, authentic movie.
  2. EdouradD.
    Jan 5, 2009
    10
    This film told me a lot about myself and our world. Subtle and affecting.
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    5
    It was a decent enough movie but it was no Schindler's List. Viggo Mortensen's performance as Halder was amazing but I can't help to thinkIt was a decent enough movie but it was no Schindler's List. Viggo Mortensen's performance as Halder was amazing but I can't help to think that there may have been a better actor suited for the role. The plot was new to see and definitely interesting to follow but the ending didn't really give me the impact that I know it was meant to. Jason Issacs character Maurice was crucial to the plot but I kept forgetting about him when ever he wasn't on screen, even when Halder was talking about him I couldn't remember him. While it is definitely not the best movie you will see it is still a good movie (no pun intended) and worth watching. Expand

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