Max (2002)

In the wake of his rise to power, Adolf Hitler became known as perhaps the most villainous and destructive political leader of the 20th century. But what was he like before he formed the Nazi party? Screenwriter and director Menno Meyjes… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 27, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well-acted in the execution of its provocative "what-if?" premise.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The film is torn between playing [Taylor's] character for real and as a dangerous joke.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

If it's not a completely successful film, it is at the very least an intriguing effort to humanize the demon.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It's a very philosophical film, with an interesting and somewhat fearless exploration of Hitler the man.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Taylor, hawk-faced and gaunt, pours everything into his portrayal of Hitler, never once seeking our sympathy for this angry, homeless loner.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Fascinating story from screenwriter- turned-director Menno Meyjes.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Any film as provocative and nervy as this one is bound to generate controversy...

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Offers a persuasive look at a defeated but defiant nation in flux.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Mad Max just sails off into nonsense.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Meyjes divides our attentions between the two major players, failing to take us far enough into either character's heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An art critic attempts to encourage a disturbing young man's art and dissuade him from pursuing political aspirations ... oh, and the young man is Hitler.… More
Jared H
This is a fascinating look at rarely treaded territory...a chapter in the life of Adolf Hitler before his rise to power and European domination. This film… More
Cindy I
Interesting but not great story about how Adolf Hitler's failed art career may have intercected with, and possibly actually inspired, his political career.… More
Marcus Woolcott
Cusack plays a Jewish art dealer who takes a young artist under his wing, by the name of Adolf Hitler. A compelling watch.