The Good German

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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 theBased 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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Score distribution:
  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. Here's what's good about The Good German: The look is fantastic; technically, the movie is a retro marvel. Here's what's bad: The script sucks; it keeps promising to be clever, engaging, subtle and completely fails to deliver.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    Attempting a frame-by-frame duplication of Warner Bros. '40s filmmaking--even the extroverted acting style apes the period--Soderbergh has produced a movie so self-conscious that it's drained of all life.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    For actor and director, the project seems like trying on a new coat, and it doesn't fit either of them.
  6. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    40
    Steven Soderbergh's new film is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery inside a perversity. The puzzle is Mr. Soderbergh's approach to what might have been an intriguing experiment, rather than the off-putting one it turned out to be.
  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: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. R.L.
    Jan 14, 2009
    10
    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 & 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
    9
    If you are fan of old B&W movies...it is a really wonderful film. I thoroughly enjoyed it and think that the critics failed to see what an If you are fan of old B&W movies...it 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
    8
    Taking a break from his either commercially successful or critically acclaimed filmmaking, soderbergh does something only a filmmaker as 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. TonyB.
    Aug 29, 2007
    6
    "The Good German" is among the more underrated films of 2006.
  5. GeorgeB.
    Dec 15, 2006
    3
    Lots of promise in this one: great cast, terrific director. But no rewards for this viewer - the script is terrible, tediously dragging Lots of promise in this one: great cast, terrific director. But no rewards for this viewer - the script is terrible, tediously dragging everything along with it. Expand
  6. MarkM
    Dec 31, 2007
    2
    A plot that wants to be intriguing is terribly boring, bordering on trite. Maguire is absolutely miscast and his horrible performance nearly A plot that wants to be intriguing is terribly boring, bordering on trite. Maguire is absolutely miscast and his horrible performance nearly derails the nmovie before it gets started. Clooney basically stands there looking, but not acting, like an iconic period figure, confused. Only the great Cate is up to her cypher of a role. Of interest only to those who find vintage film stock and camera lenses interesting. Expand
  7. AndersJ.
    Mar 29, 2007
    1
    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 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

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