Luther Reviews

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October 22, 2004
Luther is rarely presented as anything other than a preacher. He preaches even in casual conversation.
October 22, 2004
About as swashbuckling as a history lesson gets.
November 21, 2003
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.
October 6, 2003
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.
October 2, 2003
Heady theological badminton, as vigorously thoughtful as it is piously historical.
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
Engrossing, as much for its history lesson as for its filmmaking.
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 informative immersion in the history of both Catholic and Protestant churches, and a rather refreshing take on medieval morality.
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
After a summer of numbing mindlessness, there is something frankly refreshing about a movie that deals even superficially with as significant a figure as the rebellious 16th century theologian Martin Luther.
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.
September 26, 2003
Curiously flat.
September 25, 2003
For a movie about a man of ideas, Luther is pretty exciting stuff.
September 25, 2003
An entertaining history lesson.
September 25, 2003
Even with Joseph Fiennes as a visceral, intellectual Martin Luther, the latest bigscreen take on the Christian reformer proceeds like a stultifying history pageant rather than a movie with a pulse of its own.
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