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2.86

Awesome: 10.34%
Worth A Look: 10.34%
Average44.83%
Pretty Bad: 24.14%
Total Crap: 10.34%

3 reviews, 11 user ratings


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Max (2002)
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by Greg Muskewitz

"A story of art without art."
3 stars

A weightless, sort of dispensable first-time feature by Menno Meyjes, is a portrait of Hitler in his youth as an art student.

Hitler, more or less, takes a back seat to a Jewish art exhibitor Max Rothman (a one-armed, chain-smoking, adulterating, upper-class vet), who in turn urges Hitler to open up and expand his style ó abandon the kitsch. Aside from Hitler similarly being swept up by all of the military propaganda and being recruited to deliver many of said speeches, there is little else to Max. If it simply is there to show of Hitler before the monster, yes, it can be done without demonizing him (though Noah Taylorís lisp makes Hitler more effete and wussy than should be), although there is little to be said of him during that period. Meyjes offers little as either a story or a portrait, causing one to wonder where his sense of the art form is.

With John Cusack, Leelee Sobieski and Molly Parker.

[See it if you must.]

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User Comments

8/05/04 Snickerdoodle Interesting, and you gotta love the dialouge. Come on Hitler, I'll buy you a lemonade. 4 stars
7/25/04 Find The Keys An interesting, ballsy, at times humorous (oddly enough) fictional look into young Hitler. 4 stars
4/16/04 ricky if hitler intersts you, i guess its worth a watch...diff aspect of his character and life. 4 stars
9/20/03 matt so if Hitler had been given a colouring book then 50 million people would have lived? hmmm 3 stars
2/02/03 Bill Kilpatrick A highly provocative, textured film. 5 stars
1/28/03 altera888 Erik, Taylor CAN really act, go and see him in 'Shine' he was great. Forget this drek! 1 stars
1/27/03 Kooler Simply brilliant 5 stars
1/05/03 ajay I thought Noah Taylor was good, but the movie was still very very boring 2 stars
12/29/02 Snake Unwatchable dreck that goes nowhere fast. Just read Jim's review. He nails it. 1 stars
12/28/02 CHEESEBALL leelee is like a freshly laid turd after a night of tequila & tacos. she stinks, she burns 1 stars
12/27/02 willy i give it blood lust 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  27-Dec-2002 (R)

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Directed by
  Menno Meyjes

Written by
  Menno Meyjes

Cast
  John Cusack
  Noah Taylor
  Leelee Sobieski
  Paul Hipp
  Molly Parker
  Judit Hernadi



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