• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Menno Meyjes
    In Theaters:
    Dec 27, 2002 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 20, 2003
  • Lions Gate Films
  • Max
    2 minutes 15 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Max Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It's a very philosophical film, with an interesting and somewhat fearless exploration of Hitler the man.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A-

June 21, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Any film as provocative and nervy as this one is bound to generate controversy...

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

January 29, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Meyjes divides our attentions between the two major players, failing to take us far enough into either character's heart.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B

December 6, 2004
Susan Michals

Max is also an intimate portrait of modern art; of the birth of the expressionist movement and great artists. . .

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June 5, 2003
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

a brave film, showing Hitler as a pathetic cog in a larger machine hurtling inevitably towards the Holocaust.

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

April 5, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I'd have thought it was impossible to overdo the role of Hitler, but Noah Taylor does just that in Max.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

March 28, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The film is torn between playing [Taylor's] character for real and as a dangerous joke.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2003
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Meyjes focuses too much on Max when he should be filling the screen with this tortured, dull artist and monster-in-the- making.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 10, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Taylor, hawk-faced and gaunt, pours everything into his portrayal of Hitler, never once seeking our sympathy for this angry, homeless loner.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2003
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Max has precious little sting as a morality tale or punch as a parable about the relationship of art to politics.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

March 6, 2003
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

A fascinating and engrossing film.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2003
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Offers a persuasive look at a defeated but defiant nation in flux.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

February 28, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

For all the food for thought offered by the film, its overall success is diminished by the fact that there's too much Max and not enough Hitler.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 26, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Max doesn't 'humanize' Hitler, but makes him frighteningly plausible as a dud artist who took revenge by twisting history into a personal, obscene project.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2003
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Leaves us wondering less about its ideas and more about its characterization of Hitler and the contrived nature of its provocative conclusion.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 67/100

February 22, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

A fascinating what-if portrayal of a time that was and events that might have been.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

February 22, 2003
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Max pokes, provokes, takes expressionistic license and hits a far as art is concerned, it's mission accomplished.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 5/5

February 17, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The drama depicts Hitler as passive and pathetic -- nearly, in a sense, letting him off the hook for his grotesque crimes.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 14, 2003

..A film that is entirely made up of foreshadowing, about this skinny, pale, portrait artist, before he would be the mad icon we think of him as today.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

February 10, 2003
Eric D. Snider

It doesn't offer audiences any way of gripping what its point is, or even its attitude toward its subject.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

February 8, 2003
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