Alice King
May 23, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Max

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/27/02
performer
John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Molly Parker, Paul Hipp, Leelee Sobieski, Ulrich Thomsen
director
Menno Meyjes
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Menno Meyjes
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

If only Hitler had stuck to art. So posits writer-director Menno Meyjes’ odd excursion into the fictional: a Zelig-like encounter between the pre-Fuhrer as paint-stained wretch (Taylor) and Max (Cusack), a chummy Jewish art dealer who tries to boost his career in devastated post-WWI Munich. It’s a tantalizing premise, but it ultimately feels somewhat pointless, even farcical (here comes that beer-hall speech!), presenting a needlessly revisionist view of a psyche that defies easy explanation.

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