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The Good German
  • R
  • 1h 48m
  • 2006
Rotten33%
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Who knows what American journalist Jake Geismer (George Clooney) expected to find in postwar Berlin? Peace, maybe. Or at least a story. But certainly not Lena (Cate Blanchett), his embittered one-time love. And not the trail of secrecy and deception that leads from Lena to the scheming young corporal (Tobey Maguire) who's her new lover...and to a murder no one seems interested in solving. Except Jake. Steven Soderbergh directs three of today's top talents in this zigzag thriller that's both an atmospheric homage to 1940s filmmaking and a deft modern film noir. The Good German is "haunting and hypnotic, it's pure moviegoing bliss" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten33%
Critics Consensus: Though Steven Soderbergh succeeds in emulating the glossy look of 1940s noirs, The Good German ultimately ends up as a self-conscious exercise in style that forgets to develop compelling characters.
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Entertainment Weekly
Rotten

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Why emphasise flaws in a film of such overall ambition and expertise?

June 21, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore
Rotten

This cast almost makes The Good German watchable. It's just that their screenwriter and director d...

January 24, 2019
Houston Chronicle
Amy Biancolli
Rotten

There's a line between homage and mimicry, and Soderbergh has crossed it.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Clooney stars in thoughtful, complex noir mystery.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this black-and-white, 1940s-style "film noir" isn't likely to appeal to kids. Its plot includes references to Nazis, war crimes, and the atomic bomb, as well as lots of strong language and violence (beyond what typified the era). Characters frequently say "f--k"; there's also one use of "c--t" and an anti-Semitic remark. Violence includes beating, kicking, and shooting (resulting in bloody wounds). Sexual imagery includes a woman stripping, a rough sexual act (the woman's figure and face are in shadow), and some kissing. Several references are made to Lena's work as a prostitute. Characters smoke incessantly (it's 1945) and drink like fish.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Noir, Military & War, Period Piece, Drama, Mystery
  • Release Date:December 15, 2006
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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