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MAX

"...just because people are objecting to 'Max' for all the wrong reasons doesn't make it a good film, and it's not. It's a bizarre curiosity memorable mainly for the way it fritters away its potentially interesting subject matter via a banal script, unimpressive acting and indifferent direction...Though Cusack is always interesting and Taylor certainly looks the part with a shock of black hair falling across his face, neither succeeds in enabling his character to rise above the schematic. Providing remarkably little help is the lackluster nature of the words they have to work with." -- Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

The movie has the temerity to imply that had Hitler found a patron, his life might have taken an entirely different turn...In its eccentric way, the movie is rather like a theme park. It is a historical fantasy connecting fact and wild supposition into a provocative work of fiction that poses ticklish questions about art and society. And the inability of Rothman, the quintessence of European urbanity and intellectual sophistication, to grasp the implications of Hitlerworld points ominously toward the future...'Max' may be a brashly inventive film, but it is not an offensive one." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"The movie winds up reducing the tragic history of the 20th century to a paradox of bad timing." --J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"I don't care whether Adolf Hitler had his feelings hurt as a young man. Nor do I care about any of the other factors that contributed to the development of his morally deficient personality, resulting in his rise in Germany and, finally, to the Holocaust. I just don't want him humanized for me in that way by a movie like 'Max.'" --Marshall Fine, The Journal News

"The tedium of Meyjes's discourse is overwhelming but certainly not as much as the preposterous comedy by which he repeatedly foreshadows the holocaust bubbling on the horizon...'It's inhuman what they're doing to these birds,' says Hitler staring at a nightingale locked inside a cage... And when Max introduces Adolf to his wife and fellow associate, the associate flippantly says he's never heard of him. 'Oh, you will,' says Max." --Ed Gonzalez, Slant