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  • Summary: Based on the novel by Joseph Kanon, The Good German takes place in the ruins of post-World War II Berlin, where U.S. Army was correspondent Jake Geismar (Clooney) becomes embroiled with Lena Brandt (Blanchett), a former lover whose missing husband is the object of a manhunt by both the American and Russian armies. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. 88
    This is Soderbergh's show, and a haunting and hypnotic show it is.
  2. The leisure-time viewer will say, ''Hey, this is sort of like "Casablanca," so why play it again?''
  3. 63
    The Good German, Steven Soderbergh's film noir homage, is nearly perfect when it comes to style and tone, but it concentrates so single-mindedly on the mechanics of the narrative that it loses sight of its characters.
  4. Of The Good German, it can be said that the operation was a brilliant success, even if the patient is not merely dead but most sincerely dead. The movie, in other words, lies there as if on a slab in a morgue, while you admire the corpse for its beauty.
  5. It does get mired in its obsession with its own style.
  6. 40
    However flavorsome though, The Good German is seriously deficient in the stars' star power and narrative excitement. The movie is lovingly framed, carefully lit, and fatally insipid. The direction is slack; the pacing is perfunctory.
  7. Blanchett's performance is Soderbergh's biggest mistake. He either encourages or permits her to play Lena as a Greta Garbo caricature, which is mildly amusing if you're interested in Garbo, but if you're interested in Lena and The Good German, you're out of luck.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. R.L.
    Jan 14, 2009
    The Good German is one of the best returns to the 1940s style of film-noir. It has the right mix of action, adventure, mystery, Intrigue & romance. The Good German hypnotizes you with it's blend of murder & mystery, action & Intrigue, Romance & lies. You'll never stop guessing who's behind what, and most importantly who you can trust. Expand
  2. MJ
    May 25, 2007
    If you are fan of old B&W is a really wonderful film. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think that the critics failed to see what an interesting work it was. Expand
  3. DaveA.
    Dec 18, 2006
    Taking a break from his either commercially successful or critically acclaimed filmmaking, soderbergh does something only a filmmaker as successful, versatile, and talented is allowed to do: make something totally self-indulgent. It's pretty clear that everybody on this film had a great time making it. And as soon as you buy into the style, there's no reason you can't have a great time watching it. And by the way, Cate blanchett is a goddess. Expand
  4. DanC.
    Jun 9, 2007
    This film wants desperately to be "The Third Man" but it just isn't. It never manages to create the right mood. It feels staged and non-authentic throughout. The actors are not up to the material or setting. Tobey Maguire and George Clooney are both surprisingly weak, and I say that as a big fan of Maguire. A big disappointment. Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2013
    I could not believe after watching this awful self indulgent load of rubbish that I had actually guessed the outcome in the first twenty minutes. And the end, my god, Casablanca? Did the writers of this film have any clue that the script was such a lemon? Dreadful Dreadful Dreadful. All the actors however were brilliant, loved them all. Sad the film had such a dud story. Expand
  6. AndersJ.
    Mar 29, 2007
    One of the most unbearably pretentious movies I have ever seen. Go rent the Third Man but don't see this movie, It's a complete hack job. Tobey Maguire is completely miscast and its painful to watch. Expand
  7. WilfO.
    Aug 3, 2009
    After reading the novel the film was nothing but a complete disappointment.

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