In 1943, Aryan women stage a protest after Nazis arrest their Jewish husbands and place them in a holding area.
" The lack of a streamlined narrative and reliance on manipulative devices turn a story of stark significance into a middling melodrama. "
" The trite framework, static staging and unemotional acting render this a most forgettable Holocaust tale. "
" Succeeds as a testament to the power of love and, in particular, as a tribute to brave women. "
" For all its flaws, Rosenstrasse is a welcome reminder that humans are capable of valor and generosity in the worst of times. "
" Labored storytelling defeats sterling intentions. "
" The picture's structural intricacy is a smoke screen for its psychological and emotional shallowness. "
" Von Trotta skims when she should be bearing down; tidies up when situations should be allowed to get much messier. In the end, this tale of human decency fails to make you feel enough. "
" One of the cinema's most stirring celebrations of married love and a portrayal of the 'good German' in World War II that is true, convincing and profoundly moving. "
" The heart of the film is so strong that its images of love and devotion shared by wives and husbands on the edge of an abyss remain indelibly etched in one's memory. "
" Von Trotta, who's obviously less personally invested in her story, seems more than a little calculating in her efforts to wring tears. "
" An absorbing, sturdy and ultimately pedestrian melodrama. "
" The film opens a window into the fact that not all good Germans were cowed during those dark times. "
" Rosenstrasse is again only a sad reminder of the earlier von Trotta. "
" Von Trotta may have taken on too much -- her film suffers from a surfeit of characters with complicated back stories. Nevertheless, I prefer it to the movies I usually see that set out to do too little. "
" The film is anchored in particular by the dual performances of Schade as the 90-year-old Lena and the magnificent Riemann as her younger counterpart. "
" Rosenstrasse is manipulative, to be sure, but it's also very smart. "
" A Holocaust drama that proves it's possible to make a minor movie about a major subject. "
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