It's a very philosophical film, with an interesting and somewhat fearless exploration of Hitler the man.
| Original Score: A-
Any film as provocative and nervy as this one is bound to generate controversy...
Meyjes divides our attentions between the two major players, failing to take us far enough into either character's heart.
| Original Score: B
Max is also an intimate portrait of modern art; of the birth of the expressionist movement and great artists. . .
a brave film, showing Hitler as a pathetic cog in a larger machine hurtling inevitably towards the Holocaust.
| Original Score: 5/5
I'd have thought it was impossible to overdo the role of Hitler, but Noah Taylor does just that in Max.
The film is torn between playing [Taylor's] character for real and as a dangerous joke.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Meyjes focuses too much on Max when he should be filling the screen with this tortured, dull artist and monster-in-the- making.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Max has precious little sting as a morality tale or punch as a parable about the relationship of art to politics.
| Original Score: C+
A fascinating and engrossing film.
| Original Score: 2/4
Offers a persuasive look at a defeated but defiant nation in flux.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Leaves us wondering less about its ideas and more about its characterization of Hitler and the contrived nature of its provocative conclusion.
| Original Score: 67/100
A fascinating what-if portrayal of a time that was and events that might have been.
Max pokes, provokes, takes expressionistic license and hits a nerve...as far as art is concerned, it's mission accomplished.
The drama depicts Hitler as passive and pathetic -- nearly, in a sense, letting him off the hook for his grotesque crimes.
..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.
| Original Score: 3/5
It doesn't offer audiences any way of gripping what its point is, or even its attitude toward its subject.