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Harry + Max (Harry and Max) (2005)

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5

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 21

Despite impressive performances from its leads, Harry and Max is prurient, disturbing, and underdeveloped.

9

Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 10

Despite impressive performances from its leads, Harry and Max is prurient, disturbing, and underdeveloped.

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Following up his critically acclaimed third film, 2001's The Sleepy Time Gal, filmmaker Christopher Munch helmed this dramedy about a pair of brothers who embark on a camping trip together. Harry (Bryce Johnson) is the eldest of the two, a 23-year-old former teen idol who has stopped off for the long-promised expedition while en route to a gig in Japan. Max (Cole Williams) is Harry's 16-year-old younger brother, a burgeoning pop star himself. As the siblings begin spending time together in

Unrated,

Drama, Gay & Lesbian

Christopher Münch

Jul 20, 2005

TLA Releasing

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (21) | DVD (2)

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.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Seems like the work of a novice, with self-conscious expository passages and emotionally false conversations.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Provocative without being especially thoughtful or credible.

March 10, 2005
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Too superficial to shock or surprise.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...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.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

You watch this prurient would-be porn, treated with kid-glove 'sensitivity,' in a state of disbelief.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The blurred boundary between intimacy and sexuality ... isn't broached with the sensitivity and maturity that it demands.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Harry and Max is writer-director Christopher Munch's seemingly candid exorcism of any number of self-consciously naughty fantasies.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

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.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Intermittently insightful, but a disappointment from the talented Munch.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

forgets along the way to tell a compelling story.

February 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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.

January 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

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