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Luther (2003)

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44

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 34

This cinematic treatment of Martin Luther's life is more dull than inspiring.

43

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 13

This cinematic treatment of Martin Luther's life is more dull than inspiring.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 8,547

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A biopic which examines Protestant reformer Martin Luther's personal battles, and his transformation from a simple monk into leader of the Protestant movement--and, in the eyes of the Vatican, an ecclesiastical terrorist.

Aug 31, 2004

$5.7M

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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (34) | DVD (10)

Luther is rarely presented as anything other than a preacher. He preaches even in casual conversation.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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About as swashbuckling as a history lesson gets.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A few too many amateurish techniques and oversimplified confrontations hold Luther back a notch or two from greatness, and stamp it instead as entertaining Lutheran cheerleading.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Shot on 100 locations in three countries and outfitted with impressive props, costumes, art direction and medieval streets, Luther makes up for what it lacks in vigorous storytelling with such production values.

October 6, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Heady theological badminton, as vigorously thoughtful as it is piously historical.

October 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Luther is a film that you know will end with one of those codas telling us what a profound life he led. But the movie itself just doesn't leave that kind of footprint.

September 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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even with apparent lack of objectivity, LUTHER proves to be more interesting and more accurate depiction of history than anything recently produced by Hollywood

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Interessante por natureza (o tema é fascinante), o filme perde pontos pela frieza da narrativa e por simplificar idéias e alguns acontecimentos fundamentais na vida de Lutero.

April 25, 2005 Full Review
Cinema em Cena

It glosses over the brilliant monk's dark side and ignores his prejudices completely.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An effective history lesson, but not nearly riveting enough to be as entertaining as it is earnest.

October 22, 2004
Jam! Movies

An entertaining, well-crafted primer on one of the most important Christian leaders since Jesus Christ.

October 22, 2004
Jam! Movies

Luther is the textbook radical: he acts out what his contemporaries merely profess.

July 21, 2004

Both as a veteran movie reviewer and long-time Lutheran, I left the theater with the feeling that "Luther" is a good movie about a great man.

October 8, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

There is some valuable historical detail in the script, but Luther's philosophy is simplified and sanitized. The acting is flat and surprisingly uninvolving.

October 6, 2003 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

So concerned with events that it forgoes ideas, and when your subject is famous for his ideas, ignoring them is doing a great disservice.

October 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

muddies the historical facts, flatly constructs its major characters as stereotypes, and fails to entertain

October 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Though it fails when providing a rounded history of the life of Martin Luther, it succeeds in giving viewers a little taste of the other social factors influencing things during the 16th century in Europe.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A throwback to the days when such movies as 'A Man for All Seasons' tackled big religious ideas in the context of significant historical events...

October 1, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

I've studied Martin Luther. Joseph Fiennes ruins him.

September 30, 2003 Full Review | Comments (2)
Movie Reviews in Croatian

Luther oversimplifies history. Saying indulgences caused the Protestant Reformation is like saying slavery caused the Civil War.

September 30, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Completely stealing the picture, Peter Ustinov ... is breathtakingly brilliant.

September 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Luther

A great film. This was a lot better than I thought it would be and a really good insight on the state of the Catholic Church at the time. It reaffirmed what I had already though and gave a neat perspective on the life and times of Martin Luther, a man who was willing to go against the grain for something he believed in. Something more people should do these days.
November 25, 2012
FireStormStudios

Super Reviewer

I am not a religious person, but I do appeciate a good historical biodrama. This is a movie that does Martin Luther a great justice, and shows how this man formed some of his thoughts and ideals that he would use to change the world by taking on the Catholic church. Taking on the Catholic church in those days meant risking death. Amazing that he accomplished so much, and developed such a great following. There are some scenes, however, that depict him as being just slightly out of his mind...but I find a lot of geniuses are slightly off kilter. Martin Luther included....
October 20, 2012
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

fantastic film. accurate and very well acted, great portayal of the start of the reformation
July 11, 2008
sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

Pretty interesting history lesson on the life of Martin Luther. Rather quick paced and with a very colorful international cast. Including the wonderful Sir Peter Ustinow in his last big role. Well done.
October 19, 2006
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

    1. Martin Luther: Your Imperial Majesty and Your Lordships demand a simple answer. Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convicted [convinced] of error by the testimony of Scripture or (since I put no trust in the unsupported authority of Pope or councils, since it is plain that they have often erred and often contradicted themselves) by manifest reasoning, I stand convicted [convinced] by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God's word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us. On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.
    – Submitted by Taylor W (2 years ago)
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