Critics Consensus

This cinematic treatment of Martin Luther's life is more dull than inspiring.



Total Count: 62


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A biopic which examines Protestant reformer Martin Luther's personal battles, and his transformation from a simple monk into leader of the Protestant movement--and, in the eyes of the Vatican, an ecclesiastical terrorist.

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Joseph Fiennes
as Martin Luther
Peter Ustinov
as Prince Frederick the Wise
Alfred Molina
as Johann Tetzel
Bruno Ganz
as Father Johann von Staupitz
Jonathan Firth
as Girolamo Aleandro
Claire Cox
as Katerina von Borg
Benjamin Sadler
as Georg Spalatin
Jochen Horst
as Professor Karlstadt
Toren Liebrecht
as Emperor Charles V
Uwe Ochsenknecht
as Pope Leo XII
Mathieu Carriere
as Cardinal Cajetan
James Babson
as Dominican Monk
Jeff Caster
as Matthew
Cesare Cremonini
as Guardian Monk
Lars Rudolph
as Melanchthon
Jens Winter
as Fugger auditor
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Critic Reviews for Luther

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (34)

  • Luther is rarely presented as anything other than a preacher. He preaches even in casual conversation.

    Oct 22, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • About as swashbuckling as a history lesson gets.

    Oct 22, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • A few too many amateurish techniques and oversimplified confrontations hold Luther back a notch or two from greatness, and stamp it instead as entertaining Lutheran cheerleading.

    Nov 21, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Shot on 100 locations in three countries and outfitted with impressive props, costumes, art direction and medieval streets, Luther makes up for what it lacks in vigorous storytelling with such production values.

    Oct 6, 2003
  • Heady theological badminton, as vigorously thoughtful as it is piously historical.

    Oct 2, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Luther is a film that you know will end with one of those codas telling us what a profound life he led. But the movie itself just doesn't leave that kind of footprint.

    Sep 29, 2003

Audience Reviews for Luther

  • Nov 25, 2012
    A great film. This was a lot better than I thought it would be and a really good insight on the state of the Catholic Church at the time. It reaffirmed what I had already though and gave a neat perspective on the life and times of Martin Luther, a man who was willing to go against the grain for something he believed in. Something more people should do these days.
    Jon L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2011
    I am not a religious person, but I do appeciate a good historical biodrama. This is a movie that does Martin Luther a great justice, and shows how this man formed some of his thoughts and ideals that he would use to change the world by taking on the Catholic church. Taking on the Catholic church in those days meant risking death. Amazing that he accomplished so much, and developed such a great following. There are some scenes, however, that depict him as being just slightly out of his mind...but I find a lot of geniuses are slightly off kilter. Martin Luther included....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2011
    The director just didn't get it right. The acting sucks too. I liked some of the set pieces, I guess. Pretty tedious story-telling.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2009
    A film that has little heart, or sense in it, the Lutheran churches attempt at analyzing the life of Martin Luther fails utterly within the first half hour. The film jumps time frames so quickly that its hard to focus on anything. Secondly, Fiennes gives a terribly boring performance as Luther. I saw him as a courageous figure, but here he is, looking incredibly bored and tired. The other characters are brought in so often and whisked away so quickly (Alfred Molina's preacher for instance) that you can't even get to known any of them at all. Overall this was a terribly stupid film. 112 minutes of dullness that could have been spent finding a cast and crew more dedicated and a script worth making a movie on
    Caius C Super Reviewer

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