Luther

User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

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  1. ChadS.
    Sep 30, 2003
    5
    Late in "Luther", there's a scene that reminded me of "Rudy", the one in which his Notre Dame brethen enter Coach Devine's office and lay down their jerseys atop a desk. That is to say, "Luther" gets corny, and corn looks awfully conspicuous in the 16th century. We're still recovering from the "Luther's in love" sequence, when this film's increasing allignment Late in "Luther", there's a scene that reminded me of "Rudy", the one in which his Notre Dame brethen enter Coach Devine's office and lay down their jerseys atop a desk. That is to say, "Luther" gets corny, and corn looks awfully conspicuous in the 16th century. We're still recovering from the "Luther's in love" sequence, when this film's increasing allignment with mainstream sensibilities cancels out what small pleasures that came before the maize. Expand
  2. TonyB.
    Jan 12, 2006
    6
    Deciding how historically accurate "Luther" is is best left to those familiar with the religious and political intrigue in 16th Century Europe. For the rest of us, it is a generally well-told and sometimes even absorbing tale. Sir Peter Ustinov easily manages to steal all of his scenes; the same cannot be said for Joseph Fiennes. We have to take the script's word that Martin Luther Deciding how historically accurate "Luther" is is best left to those familiar with the religious and political intrigue in 16th Century Europe. For the rest of us, it is a generally well-told and sometimes even absorbing tale. Sir Peter Ustinov easily manages to steal all of his scenes; the same cannot be said for Joseph Fiennes. We have to take the script's word that Martin Luther was such an influential man because nothing in Fiennes' performance remotely suggests it. Expand
  3. MitchM.
    Dec 4, 2004
    5
    Alternately absorbing and laughable, it bites off WAY more than it can chew in 2 hours - - it's an immense topic, worthy of, say, a TV mini-series? I give them credit for good intentions. (I'm a sucker for 16th C. drama).
  4. JaredC.
    Dec 19, 2007
    6
    Based on the quality of Luther, it sadly doesn't reach the expectations of my personal discussions with society. It has a fine tone and starts out clueless, though eventually builds up momentum and suspense after gathering a substantial amount of information, that gets to the point of overload, and blasts with a finale that finishes with a breathtaking conclusion. It's a great Based on the quality of Luther, it sadly doesn't reach the expectations of my personal discussions with society. It has a fine tone and starts out clueless, though eventually builds up momentum and suspense after gathering a substantial amount of information, that gets to the point of overload, and blasts with a finale that finishes with a breathtaking conclusion. It's a great churchgoer motion picture, and relates a lot to Renassaince studies which really overthinks me a bit. Everything is cause and Effect in Luther, it builds up a tremendous amount of character, and then that's the part when you start getting entertained, about 3 quarters way in. Which is the disappointing factor about it. Before all that, you just want a silent nap. Expand
Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. With Joseph Fiennes as the conflicted, frequently self-hating Luther, this historical drama/biopic offers a fairly thorough overview of the period (although it's weak on the "good deeds" angle) but is somewhat dry and weighted with significance.
  2. 20
    British director Eric Till’s ghastly Euro-pudding co-production (with all the international accents and badly post-synchronized dialogue that implies) manages to make a travesty of its title subject.
  3. 60
    The unimposing Fiennes may not suggest the burly Luther's plain-talking peasant background, but he at least captures the charisma.