Max Rose (2016)



Critic Consensus: Max Rose marks Jerry Lewis' long-overdue return to the screen -- and is unfortunately less than memorable in almost every other respect.

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MAX ROSE, featuring the legendary Jerry Lewis in his first starring role in over two decades, is a deeply moving drama about a retired jazz musician whose beloved wife of nearly six decades has just passed away. Though his career wasn't everything he hoped for, Max always felt like a success because his beautiful, elegant Eva was by his side. Then, while going through her effects, he discovers a love note from another man, a shocking revelation that leads him to believe his entire marriage, indeed, his entire life, was built on a lie. Following a period of anger and withdrawal, Max decides to confront the man who "stole" his wife in the hope that what he learns will provide the answers he so desperately needs. A film about reconciling the past, living in the present, and never stopping to plan for the future, MAX ROSE was written and directed by Daniel Noah. Rounding out the cast are Claire Bloom (as Eva), Kevin Pollack, Kerry Bishe, Mort Sahl, Dean Stockwell, Rance Howard, and Lee Weaver.
Comedy , Drama
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Jerry Lewis
as Max Rose
Kevin Pollak
as Christopher Rose
Kerry Bishé
as Annie Rose
Illeana Douglas
as Jenny Flowers
Claire Bloom
as Eva Rose
Dean Stockwell
as Ben Tracey
Mort Sahl
as Jack Murphy
Rance Howard
as Walter Prewitt
Lee Weaver
as Lee Miller
Fred Willard
as Jim Clark
Valerie Hurt
as Kathleen
Sarah Waisman
as Crafts Instructor
Joe Frank
as Angry Old Man
Oliver Max
as Grandson
Jodie Mann
as Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Max Rose

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (16)

This soulful, nuanced performance by a long-ignored veteran should please some old Jerry Lewis fans. And possibly create some new ones.

Full Review… | September 22, 2016
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Max Rose, and Jerry Lewis, deserve a better movie than this one.

Full Review… | September 15, 2016
Detroit News
Top Critic

The movie gains resonance from its look at what may be the final years of a movie legend.

Full Review… | September 15, 2016
Washington Post
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Fascinating at certain moments, especially when Lewis is exploring his character's grief and bitterness, it still feels like a work in progress.

Full Review… | September 14, 2016
Seattle Times
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Director Daniel Noah aims at being sad, heartwarming or even humorous, by turns, but almost every scene feels forced and predictable ...

Full Review… | September 14, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
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A maudlin, ham-fisted dud...

Full Review… | September 8, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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