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Young Goethe in Love

Not Rated In Theaters 11/4/2011 , 102min.
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January 13, 2012
How often do we get a good foreign film in our sleepy little 'burg, especially one in German (with subtitles)? This is a delicious glimpse into the life of Goethe in his 20s, his first love, and his first novel. It is not for children, as there is one tastefully risque scene, and another violent one. Anyone who loves films, Goethe, the German language, its literature, 18th century history,

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As its English-language title indicates, Philipp Stoelzl's yarn is clearly modeled on "Shakespeare in Love." But though it lacks that film's delirious wordplay, this German cousin is well plotted and impressively mounted. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Mr. Fehling, tumbling from puppy dog eagerness into weepy, inky self-pity, never quite rises to the requirements of the role, which may be hopelessly incoherent in any case. Full Review
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
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. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
Cool, it's a rom-com featuring the man who'd influence Romanticism. Full Review
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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. Full Review

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