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      R Released Dec 31, 2008 1h 36m History Drama List
      34% Tomatometer 71 Reviews 32% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings A novel about a mercy killing brings a German professor (Viggo Mortensen) to the attention of the Nazi Party, which now wants him to write a treatise on euthanasia to justify the "final solution." Read More Read Less

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      Though ambitious, Good stumbles in the transition from stage to screen, and Mortensen's performance isn't enough to cover its flaws.

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      Leo Goldsmith indieWire Bears a superficial resemblance to "The Conformist" and "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis," with their sense of dreary complacency, oppressively museum-like spaces, and curiously drab natural settings, but ultimately "Good" is less evocative Aug 8, 2009 Full Review Angie Errigo Empire Magazine A strong cast and good starting material doesn't manage to save this unsuccessful adaptation. Rated: 2/5 Apr 17, 2009 Full Review Dave Calhoun Time Out By all accounts, Taylor's play was a more experimental piece than this film, in which the production values, like the acting, veer between the acceptable and the stodgy. Rated: 3/6 Apr 17, 2009 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk Even if Good isn't great, it remains a chilling cautionary tale. Nov 21, 2020 Full Review Laura Hiros Rincón de cine ... unfortunately in the end and the adjective "good" does not sit well with this film. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 2/5 Mar 20, 2018 Full Review Allan Hunter Daily Express (UK) A tale illustrating the banality of evil is as timely as ever but the execution is heavy-handed and even with location filming and elaborate sets it still feels very theatrical. Rated: 3/5 Apr 21, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alex M "Good" powerfully confronts the harrowing moral decay of Nazi Germany, mirroring the troubling legacy of Herbert von Karajan's SS ties. It's a poignant, disturbing reminder of the dangers of ethical compromise in the face of absolute evil. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/28/23 Full Review Audience Member There are few movies where at the end you just think "damn it". This is one of those movies. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member "Good"? more like terrible. is this a bad TV movie? whats the singing all about? man this was so dull.. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Surprised by the poor ratings because I thought it was a decent portrayal of the conflicts Nazism created for many ambitious Germans. Wasn't overly long and though Mortensen is the only top performance, the rest of the acting isn't too shabby. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member I read the play and loved it. Then I saw a ridiculously on-the-nose stage production. Ugh. This movie was better than that particular stage production, but that's not saying a lot. Mortensen did a decent job, but the problem is that the play gets a lot of its power from being minimalist - bare stage and all that. This movie is anything but minimalist, and suffers for it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Worthy examination of subtle moral decline by way of compromise with evil. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A novel about a mercy killing brings a German professor (Viggo Mortensen) to the attention of the Nazi Party, which now wants him to write a treatise on euthanasia to justify the "final solution."
      Director
      Vicente Amorim
      Producer
      Sarah Boote, Billy Dietrich
      Screenwriter
      C.P. Taylor, John Wrathall
      Distributor
      ThinkFilm
      Production Co
      Good Films
      Rating
      R (Language)
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 31, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $23.1K
      Runtime
      1h 36m
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