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Max Reviews

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June 21, 2007
It's a very philosophical film, with an interesting and somewhat fearless exploration of Hitler the man.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 29, 2005
Any film as provocative and nervy as this one is bound to generate controversy...
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 6, 2004
Meyjes divides our attentions between the two major players, failing to take us far enough into either character's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 5, 2003
Max is also an intimate portrait of modern art; of the birth of the expressionist movement and great artists. . .
April 5, 2003
a brave film, showing Hitler as a pathetic cog in a larger machine hurtling inevitably towards the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 28, 2003
I'd have thought it was impossible to overdo the role of Hitler, but Noah Taylor does just that in Max.
March 21, 2003
The film is torn between playing [Taylor's] character for real and as a dangerous joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2003
Meyjes focuses too much on Max when he should be filling the screen with this tortured, dull artist and monster-in-the- making.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 7, 2003
Taylor, hawk-faced and gaunt, pours everything into his portrayal of Hitler, never once seeking our sympathy for this angry, homeless loner.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 6, 2003
Max has precious little sting as a morality tale or punch as a parable about the relationship of art to politics.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 4, 2003
A fascinating and engrossing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 28, 2003
Offers a persuasive look at a defeated but defiant nation in flux.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 26, 2003
For all the food for thought offered by the film, its overall success is diminished by the fact that there's too much Max and not enough Hitler.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
February 24, 2003
Max doesn't 'humanize' Hitler, but makes him frighteningly plausible as a dud artist who took revenge by twisting history into a personal, obscene project.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2003
Leaves us wondering less about its ideas and more about its characterization of Hitler and the contrived nature of its provocative conclusion.
Read More | Original Score: 67/100
February 22, 2003
A fascinating what-if portrayal of a time that was and events that might have been.
February 17, 2003
Max pokes, provokes, takes expressionistic license and hits a far as art is concerned, it's mission accomplished.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 14, 2003
The drama depicts Hitler as passive and pathetic -- nearly, in a sense, letting him off the hook for his grotesque crimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 10, 2003
..A film that is entirely made up of foreshadowing, about this skinny, pale, portrait artist, before he would be the mad icon we think of him as today.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
February 8, 2003
It doesn't offer audiences any way of gripping what its point is, or even its attitude toward its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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