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  • Summary: Germany 1772 – the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet; but after failing his law exams, he is sent by his father to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner. But then Lotte enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, the young lovers are unaware that her father has already promised Lotte’s hand to another man. (Music Box Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 8, 2011
    Young Goethe in Love wants only to engage an audience with a capital-R Romantic ideal of Goethe's first love. It does so very well. And it was well worth the effort.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 17, 2011
    So the situation is fraught, without being clear-cut; in other words, interesting.
  3. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Feb 17, 2012
    Stölzl blends romance and melancholy in fine style.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 3, 2011
    Doesn't the reigning genius of the German language deserve his own "Shakespeare in Love"? Sure. But as Goethe scampers about Leipzig, comically failing his doctoral exam, spilling his books and looking bemused, young Johann might as well be auditioning for his own Disney Channel program.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 19, 2012
    What it is is watchable, a thoroughly professional piece of Great Man hackwork that lacks the invention and spirit of its obvious model, "Shakespeare in Love.''
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 4, 2011
    Young Goethe looks great, and the cast is appealing. But the story is riddled with clichés and fabrications.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 30, 2011
    What unfolds is a predictably anguished story of true love thwarted by material circumstances, or in the terms dictated by the film, rationality triumphing over romance.

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