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  • Summary: A tale that careens through art, politics, love, hope, intolerance, obsession and destructive malevolence to provide an original and intimate portrait of a major turning point in modern history. (Lions Gate Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Reveals a key aspect of fascism's cynical use of art and architecture to mesmerize a weak and vulnerable society.
  2. 83
    In many ways, a smashing success. It's built not only on a casually clever script but on two expertly balanced performances.
  3. 75
    The result is suitably upsetting and intriguing, despite a simultaneously tacky and too-neat climax.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    The movie keeps you mildly interested all the way up to an elaborately staged final scene, yet it might give viewers the same queasy fooling-with-the-Holocaust feeling some felt for Roberto Benigni's "Life Is Beautiful."
  5. No doubt about it, the movie is morbidly fascinating. Moreover, Cusack gives a delicate and agreeably world-weary performance.
  6. The whole film occupies pretty much the same continuuum -- glimmers of intelligence followed by moments of outright hysteria punctuated by bouts of sheer haplessness.
  7. 25
    "You're an awfully hard man to like, Hitler." Few serious films could survive a line like that. Max certainly doesn't.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 15, 2015
    8
    A fascinating and tragic what-if as a jaded art dealer discovers a troubled and extreme artist and attempts to steer him away from the path ofA fascinating and tragic what-if as a jaded art dealer discovers a troubled and extreme artist and attempts to steer him away from the path of destruction and towards the fulfillment of his artistic dreams. The art dealer is Jewish, the artist a young Adolf Hitler. One of Cusack's last interesting films and performances before he started reading the cheques rather than the scripts. Expand

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