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Based on 30 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    "You're an awfully hard man to like, Hitler." Few serious films could survive a line like that. Max certainly doesn't. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An intelligent film with a sophisticated understanding of art and the significance it played in Hitler's psychology. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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." show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This film is a philosophical musing -- a humanitarian speculation, not a drama about real people, historical figures or not, who seem fully formed. show more

  • 38
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A serious and thoughtful movie that probably does not mean to trivialize the Holocaust and blame the victim. But it is playing with fire nevertheless. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Reveals a key aspect of fascism's cynical use of art and architecture to mesmerize a weak and vulnerable society. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A peculiar and intriguing film. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Menno Meyjes' provocative film might be called an example of the haphazardness of evil. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Scholars, psychologists, and theologians can debate the point at length, but there's no doubt that Meyjes' approach is as provocative as it is controversial. show more

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