Germany 1772 - the young and tumultuous Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Alexander Fehling) aspires to be a poet; but after failing his law exams, he is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner (Moritz Bleibtreu). But then Lotte (Miriam Stein) enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, the young lovers are unaware that her father has already promised Lotte's hand to another man. Director Phillip Stoelzl returns to the very wellspring of Romanticism - Goethe's loosely autobiographical masterpiece The Sorrows of Young Werther - and conjures up a beguiling and refreshingly innocent period romance.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Charming in a way that American romantic comedies have all but forgotten, Young Goethe in Love is by turns cute, campy and endearingly cliched.Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR, 11.04.2011
You needn't know a thing about Goethe or his works to enjoy the picture.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 12.07.2011
Mr. Fehling, tumbling from puppy dog eagerness into weepy, inky self-pity, never quite rises to the requirements of the role, which may be hopelessly incoherent in any case.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 11.03.2011
Highbrow pedigree is mostly window dressing for a commercial period romance about Germany's literary giant.John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 11.02.2011