As disturbing and unsettling as the subject matter is what is truly sad is that the performances of the two leads were impressive and they ended up being wasted by the trash content of the script.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Though Williams and Johnson fit comfortably into the European naturalism that's become Münch's stock in trade, they can't quite wriggle out of his high-concept premise and become plausibly real.
Seems like the work of a novice, with self-conscious expository passages and emotionally false conversations.
| Original Score: 0/4
...incest...pedophilia...the film seems to be nothing more than an attempt to affirm a sense of I'm-OK-you're-OK normality for any viewers with such issues in their own lives.
| Original Score: 2/4
You watch this prurient would-be porn, treated with kid-glove 'sensitivity,' in a state of disbelief.
To consider Harry and Max as being about incestuous feelings would be shortchanging it, because the film is really about the evolving nature of love and the need to define it.
| Original Score: 4/5
The movie is a congeries of half-formed ideas about pansexuality and other social taboos, but Munch fails to accomplish what he seemingly sets out to do.
Provocative without being especially thoughtful or credible.
The blurred boundary between intimacy and sexuality ... isn't broached with the sensitivity and maturity that it demands.
| Original Score: 1/5
Harry and Max is writer-director Christopher Munch's seemingly candid exorcism of any number of self-consciously naughty fantasies.
| Original Score: 1/4
Too superficial to shock or surprise.
Chatty scenes ramble on and on, supporting characters are underdeveloped, and all the sibs' angst does little to make their tortured relationship very credible or interesting.
| Original Score: D
Director Christopher Munch deftly raises disturbing questions, but he fumbles badly when groping for answers.
| Original Score: 1/4
The film winds up dancing around the 500-lb gorilla in the middle of the room rather than facing the pathology of its real subject head-on.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
There are brave, boundary-breaching movies, and there are mad, foolhardy ones. Harry and Max belongs to the latter breed.
Intermittently insightful, but a disappointment from the talented Munch.
The emotional lives of the leads are as vacuous as a Joey Fatone B side.
Perhaps the strangest element here isn't the narrative conceit itself, but the fact that director Munch handles it in such typically low-key, benevolently observant fashion.
forgets along the way to tell a compelling story.
| Original Score: 2/5
You can almost hear the filmmakers exhale with nervous relief, having made it through a film about incest without actually having an opinion on the subject.
| Original Score: D+