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Max Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
It's a very philosophical film, with an interesting and somewhat fearless exploration of Hitler the man.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
Any film as provocative and nervy as this one is bound to generate controversy...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Meyjes divides our attentions between the two major players, failing to take us far enough into either character's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Susan Michals
June 5, 2003
Max is also an intimate portrait of modern art; of the birth of the expressionist movement and great artists. . .
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
a brave film, showing Hitler as a pathetic cog in a larger machine hurtling inevitably towards the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 28, 2003
I'd have thought it was impossible to overdo the role of Hitler, but Noah Taylor does just that in Max.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 21, 2003
The film is torn between playing [Taylor's] character for real and as a dangerous joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 7, 2003
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
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 6, 2003
Max has precious little sting as a morality tale or punch as a parable about the relationship of art to politics.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2003
A fascinating and engrossing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 28, 2003
Offers a persuasive look at a defeated but defiant nation in flux.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 26, 2003
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
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 24, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 22, 2003
Leaves us wondering less about its ideas and more about its characterization of Hitler and the contrived nature of its provocative conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 22, 2003
A fascinating what-if portrayal of a time that was and events that might have been.
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 17, 2003
Max pokes, provokes, takes expressionistic license and hits a far as art is concerned, it's mission accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 14, 2003
The drama depicts Hitler as passive and pathetic -- nearly, in a sense, letting him off the hook for his grotesque crimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 10, 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
Eric D. Snider
February 8, 2003
It doesn't offer audiences any way of gripping what its point is, or even its attitude toward its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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