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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. A flawed film but an admirable one that tries to immerse us in a world of artistic abandon and political madness and very nearly succeeds.
  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. 50
    Ultimately, Meyjes focuses too much on Max when he should be filling the screen with this tortured, dull artist and monster-in-the-making.
  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: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2

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