Harry and Max Reviews

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December 6, 2005
As disturbing and unsettling as the subject matter is what is truly sad is that the performances of the two leads were impressive and they ended up being wasted by the trash content of the script.
September 26, 2005
Though Williams and Johnson fit comfortably into the European naturalism that's become Mnch's stock in trade, they can't quite wriggle out of his high-concept premise and become plausibly real.
April 29, 2005
Seems like the work of a novice, with self-conscious expository passages and emotionally false conversations.
April 29, 2005
...incest...pedophilia...the film seems to be nothing more than an attempt to affirm a sense of I'm-OK-you're-OK normality for any viewers with such issues in their own lives.
March 24, 2005
You watch this prurient would-be porn, treated with kid-glove 'sensitivity,' in a state of disbelief.
March 24, 2005
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.
March 10, 2005
Provocative without being especially thoughtful or credible.
February 27, 2005
The blurred boundary between intimacy and sexuality ... isn't broached with the sensitivity and maturity that it demands.
February 19, 2005
Harry and Max is writer-director Christopher Munch's seemingly candid exorcism of any number of self-consciously naughty fantasies.
February 18, 2005
Too superficial to shock or surprise.
February 18, 2005
Chatty scenes ramble on and on, supporting characters are underdeveloped, and all the sibs' angst does little to make their tortured relationship very credible or interesting.
February 18, 2005
Director Christopher Munch deftly raises disturbing questions, but he fumbles badly when groping for answers.
February 18, 2005
The film winds up dancing around the 500-lb gorilla in the middle of the room rather than facing the pathology of its real subject head-on.
February 17, 2005
There are brave, boundary-breaching movies, and there are mad, foolhardy ones. Harry and Max belongs to the latter breed.
February 17, 2005
Intermittently insightful, but a disappointment from the talented Munch.
February 15, 2005
The emotional lives of the leads are as vacuous as a Joey Fatone B side.
February 3, 2005
Perhaps the strangest element here isn't the narrative conceit itself, but the fact that director Munch handles it in such typically low-key, benevolently observant fashion.
February 2, 2005
forgets along the way to tell a compelling story.
January 25, 2005
You can almost hear the filmmakers exhale with nervous relief, having made it through a film about incest without actually having an opinion on the subject.
January 15, 2005
The dialogue is either porn-film cheesy or soap-opera trite, and the performances are far from convincing.
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