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Luther Review

  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2003
  • Rated:
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    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.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Sober historical drama tells valuable tale with some death.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Luther is a historical biopic with a few gruesome images of corpses who have been hanged, burned, or dies in battle. The story of Martin Luther, the Catholic priest who stood up to the Pope and the church hierarchy in the 1500s and was nearly killed for his beliefs, is dramatized, but it does cover most of the important events in his life, and explains the impact of his ideas, which triggered the Protestant Reformation. For the most part, the film is fine for younger viewers, and explains important religious concepts.

  • Families can talk about people who made a difference in history. What do you think about the life of Martin Luther? How were his ideas different from the status quo? Who else has taken a stand and changed history?
  • Would you stand up to authority for something you believed in, as Luther did? What would be the challenges to doing this? What kind of cause would make you take something on despite the difficulty?
  • How much of what is in this movie is factual? How can you find out?

The good stuff
  • message true5

    Messages: Martin Luther almost died for his beliefs, defying the Pope and the Catholic church, which he believed had become too focused on material wealth. He urges people to get back to the basic meaning of faith and to follow the original teachings of Jesus Christ, whose most fundamental message was simply to be a good person. It's a basic message that was deemed heretical and dangerous by the well-entrenched church hierarchy, and is still relevant today.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Martin Luther risks his life to stand up to the most powerful people in Europe, trying to expose hypocrisy and corruption. He almost dies, but instead he triggers some of the most important social changes of the Renaissance.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Several scenes include potentially disturbing images, including people who have been hanged, burned at the stake, or dismembered in battle.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Occasional references to men consorting with prostitutes, including priests. Martin Luther is shown kissing his bride as they relax in bed together.

  • language false2

    Language: "Damn" is heard often.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some scenes show people drinking wine.

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