The Good German

The Good German

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Our best guess for you: 2.9 stars

Average of 583 ratings: 2.9 Stars

2007 M Contains Violence, Offensive Language & Sex Scenes.

Who knows what American journalist Jake Geismer (George Clooney) expected to find in postwar Berlin? Peace, maybe. Or at least a story. But certainly not Lena (Cate Blanchett), his beautiful, embittered one-time love. And not the trail of secrecy and deception that leads from Lena to the scheming young corporal (Tobey Maguire) who's her new lover...and to a murder no one seems interested in solving. Except Jake. Steven Soderbergh directs three of today's top talents in this zigzag thriller that's both an atmospheric homage to 1940s filmmaking and a deft modern film noir.

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103 minutes

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Full Frame 1.33:1
English, Arabic, Hebrew, English for the hearing impaired
English Dolby Digital

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2 by bearhaven

I forgot I had already seen it and got it again. I now know why I had forgotten. Very dull, unbelievable story line. Not the best.

2 by pussycat

Did not particularly enjoy this film. The actors were dull and boring and the colour looked more like brown and white than black and white. It appeared to have mostly been shot in the dark. Easily forgettable.

2 by jayncee

Disappointing - I was expecting more after reading the synopsis. George Clooney not at his best but Cate Blanchett played a good role.

1 by hil

A disturbed and lesser version of Casablanca or a thoughtful examination of the impact on the people involved in post-war Berlin? I don't have the patience to answer the question because I hated this... Read more

3 by Sophia-Colin

While the film remained totally watchable, there were problems with the way the film was put together. I think some of it was that in attempting to construct a traditional "Film Noir" the filmaker... Read more

2 by Simon

A reasonable film in moody black and white but disappointing if you have read the book

3 by Lennie

The film captured the 40's style and the acting was good - particularly Tobey Maguire - interesting to see him acting the part of such an unlikeable character! Can't rate it any higher than 3 stars... Read more

0.5 by The Prof

We lasted about 10 minutes and then gave up. We were expecting a film that paid homage to 1940s cinema; what we got was merely clunky dialogue, leaden acting and unbelievable characters. No thanks - I'd rather read my book.

3.5 by Memsahib

Unlike a lot of viewers, I found the film riveting. The performances were studied and believable. The cinematography was superb at times.

3 by TikipungaKid

This movie has been made as an homage to the movies of the 40's. It did not work as well as it should and the chemistry - particularly from Blanchett was not there. It is lucky to get 3 stars - more like 2.5.