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  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
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  1. I don't claim to have seen every entry from around the world, but it's hard to imagine five better than this deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    One of the most enjoyable movies I've seen lately, but it has a biting knowledge of that which history gives and history takes away.
  3. Funny but not a comedy, serious but never overbearing, emotional in an engaging and bittersweet way, Good Bye, Lenin! is a wonderful film unto itself about a world unto itself.
  4. 70
    Goodbye, Lenin! is often drab--the color is washed out, the lighting flat. Yet the movie is sweetly enjoyable as a sardonic elegy for a dream that went bust. [8 March 2004, p. 92]
  5. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    70
    Relies heavily on strong performances from Brühl and Sass to make the illusion believable.
  6. It's mainly a hunt for ironies, usually playful but occasionally poignant, and the search is definitely successful enough to merit our attention -- although maybe not the two-hour running time.
  7. The film seems overlong and drawn out, with variations on the same joke occurring throughout. Although the performances are good, the nostalgia for the past seems quaint in the new "have it your way" Burger King world.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. DidierR.
    Oct 7, 2005
    10
    Awesome!! I loved this film...OST with Yann Tiersen.... GREAT.
  2. May 3, 2015
    10
    For every country there is a film, or several films, which truly represent their country of origin – for example “Amélie” for France, orFor every country there is a film, or several films, which truly represent their country of origin – for example “Amélie” for France, or perhaps the James Bond series for Britain. In my opinion, the film “Good Bye, Lenin!” fills this space for Germany, not only because of its historical setting.

    This film contains one of Daniel Brühl’s earliest roles as Alex – later, he featured in such films as Inglorious Basterds and Rush. His portrayal of his character in this film, however, is only one part of a fantastic cast – particularly notable are Katrin Sass (who was already a well-known actress before Germany’s reunification) as Alex and Ariane’s bedridden mother Christiane, and Burghart Klaussner as their father Robert. The powerful portrayals of every character in this film, collectively, are one of the main reasons why this film is so believable. The feelings shown give a sense of immersion – you’re right there with Alex through all the confusion, happiness, pride and sadness.

    The film is set directly before and after the reunification of Germany, however this historical setting is merely a background which supports the real plot – and said plot is a delicious mix of humour, drama and tension as Alex attempts to recreate the GDR for his mother, and also learns through this what his mother actually believed in – not necessarily the GDR’s government, but socialism as an ideal. In that sense the film touches on the “Ostalgia” which many former east Germans felt after the fall of the Wall by showing a different, rarely-seen perspective of the reunification, not only through Alex and his experiences, but also with the others who were once respected, but who are now out of work and feel worthless as a result – this serves to make the historical setting even more believable. Perhaps one could also say that Christiane serves as a metaphor for this “ostalgia”, in that she is kept in the past by Alex, and doesn’t realise that the GDR no longer exists as a result.

    All in all, “Good Bye, Lenin!” is not only a masterpiece of film, but also a wonderful culturl achievement. Original, exciting and tragic, it could possibly be described as the German Film of the 21st century.
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  3. NickJ.
    Sep 10, 2009
    8
    This is an immensely complex tale of truth and perspective set in East Berlin after the fall of the wall. Some people will always call this a This is an immensely complex tale of truth and perspective set in East Berlin after the fall of the wall. Some people will always call this a comedy, but that is because they failed to scrape off the cream and discover the rich undergrowth of complexity in this extremely thought provoking film. Expand
  4. Apr 17, 2015
    8
    a big and strong story that remind us the truth of what happen' in Europe. The way that the story was told was the best and made this moviea big and strong story that remind us the truth of what happen' in Europe. The way that the story was told was the best and made this movie something fabulous and something great! Expand
  5. AdamL.
    Oct 10, 2007
    3
    Headache inducing. It's as if the filmmakers couldn't decide whether this should be a political drama, a period piece, or a comedy, Headache inducing. It's as if the filmmakers couldn't decide whether this should be a political drama, a period piece, or a comedy, and so tried to mash all three together in the most jarring fashion imaginable. It just doesn't work. Collapse

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