(2003)

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47

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67
Entertainment Weekly
Rising above the throng is the great wreck of Sir Peter Ustinov, who, as the canny, saucy German Prince Frederick, distinguishes both himself and the movie.
63
The film winds up stranding us in a desperate wilderness of collapse and betrothal.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
An entertaining history lesson. That is, a history lesson that synopsizes and simplifies a complex life and complicated times into easily digestible panels of action, intrigue, martyrdom and sticking it to the papacy.
63
Chicago Tribune
Aside from a couple of unintelligible conversations with himself, there's barely any God here. The film would rather just be inclusive. Luther might have wanted it that way, but as moviegoers, it's hard not to want more.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
Who was Joseph Fiennes channeling when he chose this muddled tone? Obviously he was reluctant to gave a broad, inspirational performance of the kind you find in deliberately religious films.
50
New York Daily News
But for that one bright, incongruous yuk-fest in the classroom, Luther is deadly material, full of self-righteousness and devoid of balance.
50
Disjointed.
50
Plunges energetically into the 16th-century religious rebel's activities and philosophies. It dodges some significant issues in Luther's life, however, reducing its value as an educational film.
40
Corny and irritatingly simplistic though this fast-paced biography of 16th-century German religious reformer Martin Luther may be, it's undeniably entertaining.
40
Joseph Fiennes smolders as young Luther, but it's a performance that makes you wish instead that his older brother Ralph -- an actor who is one of the greatest at being able to portray inner torture and anguish -- were playing the part.
12
New York Post
An unholy mess.

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