Amen Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
September 23, 2003
a sputtering, wet firecracker
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 27, 2003
Though Costa-Gavras brings nothing new to the table about the Holocaust, he puts another nail down in the argument that the world could have acted but didn't because of indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 12, 2003
Though such elements might chip away somewhat at Amen's seriousness of intent, they do add fire to the stimulating drama.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 1, 2003
It's so inert, so slow-moving that it seems at least twice as long as it really is, and it manages to waste a potentially fascinating premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 1, 2003
Costa-Gavras often shortchanges the story's inherent drama for talky and strident speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 25, 2003
Costa-Gavras deserves credit for staying the course; in a time when most European film directors are wringing their hands, he's still pointing fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 16, 2003
Extremely heavy-handed, almost comically repetitious, and way too long.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 27, 2003
Tukur's performance is the centerpiece of the movie; it's a wonderful mixture of outrage and swiftly disappearing naivete.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 29, 2003
Less a gripping drama than a stimulating bit of polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gene Seymour
May 28, 2003
Costa-Gavras' political thrillers used to jab and thrust with lethal efficiency. This one just pounds against a heavy bag, huffing and puffing all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 9, 2003
A movie that suggests the Holocaust may be an endless source of absorbing, heartbreaking dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
May 1, 2003
In a remarkably subtle turn, the German Tukur is convincing as [Gerstein].
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Mohan
April 25, 2003
Costa-Gavras tells this heartbreaking tale of lost opportunity with an emotional restraint that makes it all the more powerful.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 11, 2003
What should have been agonizing in its impact comes off as wooden, perhaps because Costa-Gavras works in schematic fashion, spoon-feeding us issues while skimming the historical surface.
| Original Score: C+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2003
Amen., a docudrama rather than a documentary, is clearly guided by Shoah's example, asking us to reflect on the Holocaust and what made it possible rather than simply recoil from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 13, 2003
It goes without saying that no one will disagree with the movie's politics, but the movie itself -- the artistry and storytelling -- are as flimsy and clumsy as you can get.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 8, 2003
Costa-Gavras returns to full potency with this masterful film, an examination of culpability as well as the biography of a little known figure whose story deserves to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 7, 2003
An expose of the Catholic hierarchy in a state of mind-boggling paralysis, presented in a fictional context that, inevitably, dulls its edge and makes us question its accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 7, 2003
It is the director's most ambitious film in years and one of his least compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
March 6, 2003
Relentlessly heavy-handed but quite compelling nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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