Harry and Max

Critics Consensus

Despite impressive performances from its leads, Harry and Max is prurient, disturbing, and underdeveloped.



Total Count: 22


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Following up his critically acclaimed third film, 2001's The Sleepy Time Gal, filmmaker Christopher Munch helmed this dramedy about a pair of brothers who embark on a camping trip together. Harry (Bryce Johnson) is the eldest of the two, a 23-year-old former teen idol who has stopped off for the long-promised expedition while en route to a gig in Japan. Max (Cole Williams) is Harry's 16-year-old younger brother, a burgeoning pop star himself. As the siblings begin spending time together in seclusion, their cordialness erodes and strong feelings begin to come out, exposing old emotions that were never dealt with. Also featuring performances by Michelle Phillips and Rain Phoenix, Harry and Max premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.


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Critic Reviews for Harry and Max

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (21)

  • Though Williams and Johnson fit comfortably into the European naturalism that's become Münch's stock in trade, they can't quite wriggle out of his high-concept premise and become plausibly real.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Scott Tobias

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  • Seems like the work of a novice, with self-conscious expository passages and emotionally false conversations.

    Apr 29, 2005 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • To consider Harry and Max as being about incestuous feelings would be shortchanging it, because the film is really about the evolving nature of love and the need to define it.

    Mar 24, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie is a congeries of half-formed ideas about pansexuality and other social taboos, but Munch fails to accomplish what he seemingly sets out to do.

    Mar 24, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Provocative without being especially thoughtful or credible.

    Mar 10, 2005
  • Too superficial to shock or surprise.

    Feb 18, 2005 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Harry and Max

  • Jan 26, 2008
    This film was quite different from what I had in mind. There wasn't nearly enough incest to even warrant these two a spot on the Jerry Springer show! It wasn't a terrible film, just average. At times though, it felt like this script was written by a kid. The use of language is really poor. The plot also took a bunch of detours that made absolutely no sense. Basically, the film is about two brothers who continue reminiscing about the one time they fucked in Bermuda. Rando! And seriously, if you're going to make a film about incest, you may as well go all the way! Those of us who actually rent this film have no problems watching some incestuous relations.
    Stevie S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2007
    a look at brotherly friendship, but who are both gay and had a sexual relationship in the past, 2 brothers who are famous in music industry for diferent reasons, although a taboo subject, not the film it could be,
    scott g Super Reviewer

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