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The Good German

HD   R Closed Captioning

Steven Soderbergh

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About the Movie

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 war correspondent Jake Geismer (George Clooney) becomes embroiled with Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), a former lover whose missing husband is the object of a manhunt by both the American and Russian armies. Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be hiding in her desperation to get herself and her husband out of Berlin. Tully (Tobey Maguire), a soldier in the American army motor pool assigned to drive Jake around Berlin, has black market connections that may be Lena's way out - or lead them all into even darker territory. Jake soon discovers that it is nearly impossible to unearth the truth in a time and place where people are still reeling from the horrors of the war, desperate to salvage their humanity in the shadow of the often unbearable knowledge of what they did to survive.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 149
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 101
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The crucial key elements that every vintage Warners film had as a matter of course are lacking here. The story isn't gripping or even coherent. There is no real romance. There's mystery, but only in a plot sense -- i.e., what's going on? – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 30, 2006

Rotten: The Good German is a movie wonk's triumph and no one else's. Soderbergh gets the visuals right but not the clean storytelling line of classic cinema, nor the iconic characters or moral certainty of the oldies. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Rotten: The trouble is the movie never really seems to go anywhere. Too many scenes have a feeling of irresolution; they just sort of go on for a while, then disappear. – Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: There's a line between homage and mimicry, and Soderbergh has crossed it. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Really good movie,

This is another great movie from Steven Soderburgh. It's shot in a black and white style so it feels old, which is fitting for this film. I loved it


i feel like i just watched casablanca. the ending was a terrible rip off. it was less dramatic than the original.

a respectable attempt to travel back in time...

...but doesn't quite pull it off. Shot on backlots with classic equipment and theatrical acting, Soderbergh makes a film noir for the "they don't make them like they used to crowd" and succeeded in that respect. Because, unlike "Casablanca", this film's obvious inspiration, it isn't as good as they used to make them. The plot is overly complex and remains on the same note throughout. It pace is what makes this film hard to watch, as it's single speed is difficult to handle when the story should be accelerating. Great to look at, but a tragicly failed experiment in recapturing a lost era of filmmaking.

The Good German
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

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