MAX (2003) If only Hitler had stuck to art. So posits writer-director Menno Meyjes' odd excursion into the fictional: a Zelig-like encounter between the pre-Fuhrer as paint-stained…
Video Review

MAX (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: May 20, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: John Cusack and Noah Taylor; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

If only Hitler had stuck to art. So posits writer-director Menno Meyjes' odd excursion into the fictional: a Zelig-like encounter between the pre-Fuhrer as paint-stained wretch (Taylor) and Max (Cusack), a chummy Jewish art dealer who tries to boost his career in devastated post-WWI Munich. It's a tantalizing premise, but it ultimately feels somewhat pointless, even farcical (here comes that beer-hall speech!), presenting a needlessly revisionist view of a psyche that defies easy explanation.

Originally posted May 23, 2003 Published in issue #711 May 23, 2003 Order article reprints