Movie review of “Max Rose”: Jerry Lewis, who recently turned 90, is back with this story about a bitter, recently widowed jazz pianist. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.

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Which Jerry Lewis do you recognize? There appear to have been a multitude, beginning in the 1940s with “My Friend Irma,” and he’s not done with movies yet.

His latest, “Max Rose,” stars the 90-year-old Lewis as a retired, recently widowed jazz pianist. It’s probably the best part he’s had since Martin Scorsese cast him as a kidnapped talk-show host in 1983’s “The King of Comedy.”

Both movies draw on Lewis’ background as a child stage star and the dozen-plus movies he made with his partner, Dean Martin, before they split up in 1956. He doesn’t play himself, but the sense of a wide-ranging screen presence is pervasive.

Movie Review ★★½  

‘Max Rose,’ with Jerry Lewis, Dean Stockwell, Claire Bloom, Kevin Pollak, Mort Kerry Bishé. Written and directed by Daniel Noah. 83 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains rough scenes of marital strife). Sundance (21+).

The all-star cast of the new film includes Claire Bloom as Lewis’ deceased wife, Dean Stockwell as another movie legend, Kevin Pollak as Lewis’ anguished son and “Halt and Catch Fire” breakthrough star Kerry Bishé as Lewis’ patient granddaughter.

Lewis directed his most acclaimed picture, “The Nutty Professor,” a Jekyll-and-Hyde farce that suggested that Dean and Jerry might share a split personality.

Some lean years followed, including a never-released concentration-camp story, “The Day the Clown Cried,” produced in the early 1970s, and “Max Rose,” which was shot in 2012.

Lewis has spent the past few years tinkering with the picture and shortening it for commercial release.

When Stockwell turns up in it, he and Lewis seem to bring a host of memories of child actors with them.

All of this is in service of an unfortunately melodramatic tale of a husband who must become a widower in order to discover the truth about his marriage.

Fascinating at certain moments, especially when Lewis is exploring his character’s grief and bitterness, it still feels like a work in progress.