The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though melodramatic, El Crimen del Padre Amaro's critique of the Catholic church is a timely one.

Movie Info

A priest discovers the path of virtue can be steep, and temptation can demand a heavy price, in this controversial drama from Mexico. Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a young Catholic priest whose mentor, the Bishop (Ernesto Gomez Cruz), expects great things from him. However, like all priests, Amaro must first be assigned where he is needed most, which leads him to the small rural community of Los Reyes, where Amaro is to assist Father Benito (Sancho Gracia). To his shock, Amaro discovers … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, language and some disturbing images)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eça de Queirós, Vicente Leñero
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2003
Box Office: $5.4M
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as Father Amaro

as Father Benito

as Father Natalio

as Augustina

as Dionisia

as El Presidente Munici...

as Chato Aquilar

as Amparita, the Mayor...

as Don Paco de la Rosa

as Father Galvin

as Father Mauro

as Getsemani

as Photographer

as Assailant No.1

as Assailant No.2

as Head Assailant

as Chato Aguilar

as Dionisia's Friend

as Chato Aquilar's Wife

as Chato Baby's Godmoth...

as Chato Baby's Godfath...

as Chato Baby

as Pleading MP

as Drug Friend No.1

as Drug Friend No.2

as Drug Friend No.3

as Drug Friend No. 4

as Drug Friend No. 5
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Critic Reviews for The Crime of Padre Amaro

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (35)

For all of the criticisms of the Church in El Crimen del Padre Amaro, Carrera is quick to defend the basic humanity of his characters.

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's not hard to see why Mexican audiences are lapping this up.

Full Review… | February 14, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A lurid but timeless reminder that the bureaucracies and regulations of organized religion have nothing to do -- indeed are often at odds -- with living a God-ward life.

Full Review… | December 10, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Nothing more than a stifling morality tale dressed up in peekaboo clothing.

Full Review… | December 5, 2002
Top Critic

Like Father like Son, for soon Amaro is giving the beautiful waitress, Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancón) ... her Catechism lessons in bed ....

Full Review… | August 1, 2004

While the issues the film raises are acutely topical, Carrera seems bent on carrying on a crusade rather than creating a realistic drama.

Full Review… | February 16, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Crime of Padre Amaro


Really good movie. Gael Garcia Bernal is a top of the line actor. This is a well made, well written, and well done film.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

One of the most controversial films ever made

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


One of the most provocative, captivating and controversial films of the year. An 1875 novel by Portuguese writer Eca de Queiros is updated to modern Mexico, becoming a slick, well-acted melodrama. The film sparked controversy in Mexico for its portrayal of the Catholic church. Impressive.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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