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A fictional story which is loosely based upon the post-WWI period when the young Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was an aspiring painter with a love for the classical periods. Set in 1918, the tale is based on an imagined relationship between young Adolf, and an influential Jewish art dealer and teacher, Max Hoffman, who did not encourage the future Nazi leader's artistic abilities. A discouraged artist, who later scorned modern art, Hitler's interests turn elsewhere--to hatred of Jews, and to Germany's questionable future. The story presents the argument--could one teacher's failure… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is torn between playing [Taylor's] character for real and as a dangerous joke."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"If it's not a completely successful film, it is at the very least an intriguing effort to humanize the demon."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's a very philosophical film, with an interesting and somewhat fearless exploration of Hitler the man."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Max is also an intimate portrait of modern art; of the birth of the expressionist movement and great artists. . ."
‑ Susan Michals,
"Meyjes focuses too much on Max when he should be filling the screen with this tortured, dull artist and monster-in-the- making."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Taylor, hawk-faced and gaunt, pours everything into his portrayal of Hitler, never once seeking our sympathy for this angry, homeless loner."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Fascinating story from screenwriter- turned-director Menno Meyjes."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Any film as provocative and nervy as this one is bound to generate controversy..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"a brave film, showing Hitler as a pathetic cog in a larger machine hurtling inevitably towards the Holocaust."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Max has precious little sting as a morality tale or punch as a parable about the relationship of art to politics."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Offers a persuasive look at a defeated but defiant nation in flux."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Mad Max just sails off into nonsense."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Meyjes divides our attentions between the two major players, failing to take us far enough into either character's heart."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"I'd have thought it was impossible to overdo the role of Hitler, but Noah Taylor does just that in Max."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A fascinating and engrossing film."
‑ Glenn Kenny, Premiere Magazine
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