Harry and Max Reviews

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Brad Slager
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 29, 2005
Seems like the work of a novice, with self-conscious expository passages and emotionally false conversations.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
April 29, 2005
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005
You watch this prurient would-be porn, treated with kid-glove 'sensitivity,' in a state of disbelief.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 24, 2005
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.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2005
Provocative without being especially thoughtful or credible.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 27, 2005
The blurred boundary between intimacy and sexuality ... isn't broached with the sensitivity and maturity that it demands.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
February 19, 2005
Harry and Max is writer-director Christopher Munch's seemingly candid exorcism of any number of self-consciously naughty fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 18, 2005
Too superficial to shock or surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

E! Online
February 18, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Debra Birnbaum
New York Post
February 18, 2005
Director Christopher Munch deftly raises disturbing questions, but he fumbles badly when groping for answers.
| Original Score: 1/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 18, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 17, 2005
There are brave, boundary-breaching movies, and there are mad, foolhardy ones. Harry and Max belongs to the latter breed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 17, 2005
Intermittently insightful, but a disappointment from the talented Munch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 15, 2005
The emotional lives of the leads are as vacuous as a Joey Fatone B side.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 3, 2005
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.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
February 2, 2005
forgets along the way to tell a compelling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
January 25, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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