Luther Reviews

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December 3, 2004
It glosses over the brilliant monk's dark side and ignores his prejudices completely.
October 22, 2004
Luther is rarely presented as anything other than a preacher. He preaches even in casual conversation.
October 22, 2004
An effective history lesson, but not nearly riveting enough to be as entertaining as it is earnest.
October 6, 2003
There is some valuable historical detail in the script, but Luther's philosophy is simplified and sanitized. The acting is flat and surprisingly uninvolving.
October 5, 2003
So concerned with events that it forgoes ideas, and when your subject is famous for his ideas, ignoring them is doing a great disservice.
October 5, 2003
muddies the historical facts, flatly constructs its major characters as stereotypes, and fails to entertain
October 1, 2003
Though it fails when providing a rounded history of the life of Martin Luther, it succeeds in giving viewers a little taste of the other social factors influencing things during the 16th century in Europe.
September 30, 2003
I've studied Martin Luther. Joseph Fiennes ruins him.
September 30, 2003
Luther oversimplifies history. Saying indulgences caused the Protestant Reformation is like saying slavery caused the Civil War.
September 29, 2003
Till's movie is most notable for achieving the impossible: making Martin Luther's story into a snooze fest.
September 29, 2003
Camille Thomasson and Bart Gavigan's script is plodding and formless, with little sense of the political atmosphere in Germany at the time that saved Luther from becoming just another pile of heretic ashes.
September 29, 2003
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.
September 26, 2003
It's just unfortunate that a movie about such a daring man ultimately takes few risks.
September 26, 2003
For all its scope and detail, Luther fails to convey the sense of history moved by a compelling individual.
September 26, 2003
More professional and competent than inspiring.
September 26, 2003
An unholy mess.
September 26, 2003
As the film veers uncertainly between meticulous historical recapitulation and shameless hokum, it brings enough characters to populate a mini-series.
September 26, 2003
Deadly material, full of self-righteousness and devoid of balance.
September 26, 2003
If this movie succeeds at anything, it's being as messy as the Reformation itself.
September 26, 2003
... I anticipated that Luther himself would be an inspiring figure, filled with the power of his convictions. What we get is an apologetic outsider with low self-esteem, who reasons himself into a role he has little taste for.
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