• Released
  • November 4, 2011
  • (LA, NY 11/4)
  • NR , 1 hr 40 min
  • Art House/Foreign

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Young Goethe in Love wants only to engage an audience with a capital-R Romantic ideal of Goethe's first love. It does so very well. And it was well worth the effort.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Stölzl's film falls gently between the stools of high-brow camp and genuine seduction by its many period charms, fine actors and lovely landscapes.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
Stölzl blends romance and melancholy in fine style.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
So the situation is fraught, without being clear-cut; in other words, interesting.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A delight on its own terms, even if it has little to do with the real Goethe; here is a randy young man not a million miles apart from Tom Jones.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There are big, jaunty gusts of music, and there are big, jaunty gusts of acting: the Heath Ledger-esque Alexander Fehling pumps up his Johann Wolfgang von Goethe with brash, boyish verve and stormy emoting.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Young Goethe looks great, and the cast is appealing. But the story is riddled with clichés and fabrications.
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Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
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.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What it is is watchable, a thoroughly professional piece of Great Man hackwork that lacks the invention and spirit of its obvious model, "Shakespeare in Love.''
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Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
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.
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55 out of 100
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