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The Good German Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

You, the viewer, will find boredom. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    49

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The leisure-time viewer will say, ''Hey, this is sort of like "Casablanca," so why play it again?''

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

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.

  • Families can talk about the film's attempts to mimic 1940s style and culture. How is the era presented differently in this movie than in films actually from that time period? How does the movie's explicit language and violent imagery alter your idea of what 1944 might have been like? How do Lena and Jake form a romantic couple that is at once old-fashioned (sentimental, nostalgic) and like those in present-day movies (cynical, passionate)?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Sometimes-noble reporter seeks to solve murder in post-WWII Potsdam; discussions of Nazis; lots of illegal activity and cover-up by Russians, Germans, and U.S. military/government officials.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Fights are brutal (kicking, punching, drawing blood); murder victims appear with visible bullet wounds/blood.

  • sex false3

    Sex: An explicit sexual act (woman in shadows on bed, man has sex from behind her); Hannelore performs feather/strip dance in club (shadowy); Hannelore strips to her underwear and invites Jake to have sex with her (using explicit language); Hannelore and Lena work as prostitutes (discussed frequently).

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent and various language: "f--k" (30+), "s--t" (10+), "hell," and "ass," as well as single use of "c--t." Also, disparaging use of "Jew."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking cigarettes and/or drinking in nearly every scene, as befits a "noir" update.

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