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Based on 16 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though the film opens with an intriguing burnished look, it bogs down about halfway through with talkiness and uneven pacing. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    An uncharacteristically stiff Mortensen can't break free from the clichés that constrain his character, who feels more like a symbol than a real person. show more

  • 70
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Paced deliberately in a way that reinforces the tragedy of evil flourishing when good men do nothing, Good may find boxoffice returns slow to build but the film's aim is true and patient audiences will be well rewarded. show more

  • 70
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Good demonstrates the surprising power of character flaws in drama. How else to explain that the portrayal of a good man who does nothing in Good should prove more dramatically compelling than the stories in "Valkyrie" and "Defiance" of good men who did good? show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The banality of evil has met its match in the banality of Good, a Holocaust parable that barely registers a pulse. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Viggo Mortensen looks the part but never brings it home with great conviction or passion. I never believed in the character and that greatly diminished the film's ability to argue its ethical case. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    An interesting idea, thoughtfully acted and visually intriguing. However, it is nearly undone by a lead character that fails to represent the general idea that the film is allegedly about. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Good has a stagy fustiness, but it's worth seeing for Mortensen, who makes this study of a "good German" look creepily contemporary. show more

  • 40
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    As a film, it's overly tidy, and the surreal concentration-camp climax gave at least one viewer an inappropriate fit of giggles. show more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times

    Regrettably, the long-delayed adaptation from director Vicente Amorim and screenwriter John Wrathall gets crushed by the weight of trying to be something more; it's really just the story of a rather ordinary but disappointing man. The filmmakers reach for metaphor and allegory, but it comes at the expense of an emotional connection. show more

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