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Based on 34 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This is Soderbergh's show, and a haunting and hypnotic show it is. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Soderbergh's homage to film noir and wartime thrillers, is technically stunning but narratively and thematically hollow. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Tobey Maguire, terribly miscast and squeaky (that voice - it belongs to a kid!). show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If you feel anything other than admiration for its craftsmanship, let me know; The Good German is as emotionally cold and unconvincing as any movie I've seen this year. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Blanchett gets everything right -- the accent, her German dialogue, the weary sexuality (deliberately reminiscent of Marlene Dietrich) and the amorality her character has embraced. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    While Clooney and especially Blanchett give solid performances, and McGuire plays effectively against type, the movie is best appreciated as an exercise in vintage Hollywood style. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    But for all the profane language and sexual frankness, Soderbergh's film is no more cynical or world-weary than its inspirations, and in the end, it feels like a clever trick wrapped around a hollow center. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Good German, Steven Soderbergh's film noir homage, is nearly perfect when it comes to style and tone, but it concentrates so single-mindedly on the mechanics of the narrative that it loses sight of its characters. show more

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