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Luther Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 22, 2004
Luther is rarely presented as anything other than a preacher. He preaches even in casual conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
October 22, 2004
About as swashbuckling as a history lesson gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 21, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 29, 2003
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 6, 2003
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.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
October 2, 2003
Heady theological badminton, as vigorously thoughtful as it is piously historical.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 29, 2003
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.
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
It's just unfortunate that a movie about such a daring man ultimately takes few risks.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 26, 2003
Engrossing, as much for its history lesson as for its filmmaking.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2003
For all its scope and detail, Luther fails to convey the sense of history moved by a compelling individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Orlando Sentinel
September 26, 2003
More professional and competent than inspiring.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 26, 2003
An informative immersion in the history of both Catholic and Protestant churches, and a rather refreshing take on medieval morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 26, 2003
An unholy mess.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 26, 2003
As the film veers uncertainly between meticulous historical recapitulation and shameless hokum, it brings enough characters to populate a mini-series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 26, 2003
Deadly material, full of self-righteousness and devoid of balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2003
After a summer of numbing mindlessness, there is something frankly refreshing about a movie that deals even superficially with as significant a figure as the rebellious 16th century theologian Martin Luther.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 26, 2003
... I anticipated that Luther himself would be an inspiring figure, filled with the power of his convictions. What we get is an apologetic outsider with low self-esteem, who reasons himself into a role he has little taste for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 26, 2003
Curiously flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 25, 2003
For a movie about a man of ideas, Luther is pretty exciting stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 25, 2003
An entertaining history lesson.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 25, 2003
Even with Joseph Fiennes as a visceral, intellectual Martin Luther, the latest bigscreen take on the Christian reformer proceeds like a stultifying history pageant rather than a movie with a pulse of its own.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
September 25, 2003
A glossy but unimaginative dramatization of the man's life.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune
September 25, 2003
The film short-hands a lot of stuff, but it's gripping for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 25, 2003
Manages to make a travesty of its title subject.
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AV Club
September 18, 2003