The Crime of Padre Amaro Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 14, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Globe and Mail
February 14, 2003
It's not hard to see why Mexican audiences are lapping this up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 16, 2002
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 10, 2002
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 5, 2002
Nothing more than a stifling morality tale dressed up in peekaboo clothing.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 2, 2002
The director Carlos Carrera, who is acceptably talented, keeps the story on track -- on its various tracks.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 30, 2002
Lurid drama that goes to ridiculously great lengths to draw its sad and tawdry picture.
| Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 29, 2002
Take away the controversy, and it's not much more watchable than a Mexican soap opera.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 29, 2002
Overall, this is a juicy movie but certainly not a trashy one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 27, 2002
Works itself into a lather of passion, anguish and tragedy, but there's more to this Mexican movie than straight soap opera.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 27, 2002
Provides further evidence that Latin American directors are becoming increasingly adept at injecting social issues into popular entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 22, 2002
The story line may be 127 years old, but El Crimen del Padre Amaro ... couldn't be more timely in its despairing vision of corruption within the Catholic establishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
November 22, 2002
This is basically high-class melodrama -- Mexican soap opera on a Cadillac budget -- but Bernal is subtly effective as Amaro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 22, 2002
The story is timeless, but when adapted to the modern age, it makes for a wrenching film -- never preachy or sentimental, and refreshingly non-judgmental about the fundamental and contradictory issues it raises.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 22, 2002
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 22, 2002
Lavishly, exhilaratingly tasteless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 22, 2002
Just turn on Univision or Telemundo some night and see the same thing without the highfalutin pretensions.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 21, 2002
The movie is eminently watchable but predictable, pulpy and obviously biased.
| Original Score: C+
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
November 21, 2002
Carrera gets solid performances from the strong cast led by García Bernal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 21, 2002
You may not believe everything you see... But you won't nod off, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 18, 2002
You can see the would-be surprises coming a mile away, and the execution of these twists is delivered with a hammer. Thumbs down.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 15, 2002
Predictably melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 15, 2002
The film has soap-opera elements ... but it is also a serious critique of the Catholic Church and of societal corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Megan Turner
New York Post
November 15, 2002
Bernal's transformation from naive priest to tortured adulterer to hard-nosed careerist is riveting.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2002
A melodrama, a film that doesn't say priests are bad but observes that priests are human and some humans are bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 14, 2002
The film's most disconcerting element is its confusing mixture of satire and melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2002
The film is ... determined to treat its characters, weak and strong, as fallible human beings, not caricatures, and to carefully delineate the cost of the inevitable conflicts between human urges and an institution concerned with self-preservation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 14, 2002
Feels shrill, simple and soapy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
November 14, 2002
The film winds up muffling its own powerful protest.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 14, 2002
Eventually moves and stirs you, even if it often resembles those steamy Mexican TV dramas/soap operas called telenovelas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 13, 2002
The real crime is the way that the movie turns Gael García Bernal ... into a backwater Freddie Prinze Jr.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 12, 2002
Carrera's filmmaking is more workmanlike than stylish, but Padre Amaro is richly character driven and, for all its insolent, grotesque humor, straightforwardly humanist in its psychology.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 12, 2002
The source of fascination is observing how the characters develop and understanding the underlying influences that affect every action and decision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2002
Despite the melodrama, Crime makes for an engrossing film.