• 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

Todd McCarthy
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December 10, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004
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
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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 28, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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If it's not a completely successful film, it is at the very least an intriguing effort to humanize the demon.

| Original Score: B-

February 7, 2003
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Fascinating story from screenwriter- turned-director Menno Meyjes.

February 7, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Mad Max just sails off into nonsense.

February 7, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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One of the most intriguing and odd 'what if' movies ever conceived.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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With lines that feel like long soliloquies -- even as they are being framed in conversation -- Max is static, stilted.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 6, 2003
David Edelstein
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As a ravishingly photographed, high-minded meditation on the potential of art and therapy to exorcise the vilest sort of psychological poison, it is positively riotous -- an Everest of idiocy.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 31, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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The best thing about Max is its originality.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 24, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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An intelligent film with a sophisticated understanding of art and the significance it played in Hitler's psychology.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Peculiar and intriguing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 24, 2003
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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A mildly flawed but nonetheless compelling 'what if?' interpretation of the events that shaped a singularly hateful man.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

January 23, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A flawed film but an admirable one that tries to immerse us in a world of artistic abandon and political madness and very nearly succeeds.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 23, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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The movie tries, and largely succeeds, in putting a human face -- an ugly one -- on the otherwise incomprehensibly chilling mask of Nazi inhumanity.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Is it offensively bad or, that rarest of stinkers, intriguingly bad?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A vivid, spicy footnote to history, and a movie that grips and holds you in rapt attention from start to finish.

January 16, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The 'what-ifs' involved have offended some people, but I found the movie fascinating for its subtext about art and politics, then as now.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 16, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's a big idea, but the film itself is small and shriveled.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 9, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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It challenges, this nervy oddity, like modern art should.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 9, 2003
James Berardinelli
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Max ignites when Taylor is on screen. It frequently becomes sluggish when the focus is exclusively on the title character and the individuals surrounding him.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 31, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Cusack's just brilliant in this.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 30, 2002
Jan Stuart
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Rich in atmosphere of the post-war art world, it manages to instruct without reeking of research library dust.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 27, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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It is a historical fantasy connecting fact and wild supposition into a provocative work of fiction that poses ticklish questions about art and society.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It's a bizarre curiosity memorable mainly for the way it fritters away its potentially interesting subject matter via a banal script, unimpressive acting and indifferent direction.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 26, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Although Max is a kitschy and often risible historical fantasy ... this Hungarian-Canadian-British co-production, directed by Meyjes from his own script, is not devoid of ideas.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 25, 2002
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Meyjes ... has done his homework and soaked up some jazzy new revisionist theories about the origins of Nazi politics and aesthetics.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 19, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Meyjes ... rewards adventurous filmgoers with a speculative fiction that makes connections and provokes ideas worth considering about the emotional makeup of this tyrant.

September 11, 2002
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