• Released
  • November 4, 2011
  • (LA, NY 11/4)
  • NR , 1 hr 40 min
  • Art House/Foreign
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Young Goethe In Love Synopsis
Student Johann Wolfgang von Goethe falls in love with Lotte, but Albert has feelings for her also.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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,...
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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,...
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Rated NR