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The Statement (2003)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 81

The movie bores despite a splendid performance by Michael Caine.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 29

The movie bores despite a splendid performance by Michael Caine.



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Set in modern day France, the story of Pierre Brossard who, as a young man, was a Nazi executioner under the Vichy regime. Brossard has never been brought to trial and has lived a peaceful and anonymous life, sheltered by right-wing elements within the Catholic Church. A new investigation into his crimes is launched and Brossard finds himself the target of hit men on the one hand--and police investigators on the other. A wily old fox, he keeps outwitting his pursuers while desperately trying to

Apr 27, 2004


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Caine bounces back and forth almost randomly between pitiable and detestable, following the dictates of a formulaic plot.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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This is a creaky, obsolete sort of film, not an instant classic, but an instant antique.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Seems more an excuse to attack a target than an exercise in solid storytelling.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Partly because of Caine and partly because of meticulous work by veteran director Norman Jewison, The Statement is a fiction done so effectively, it rings true -- even slick lines that may otherwise be rancid.

February 19, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An inert sociopolitical thriller mired in moralizing.

February 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Cut-and-dried morality play, with the saints played by Brit actors who can't even be bothered to speak with French accents.

January 30, 2004
Washington Post
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The film operates well as a thriller and probably goes further than intended in extracting sympathy for its reprehensible protagonist.

May 11, 2009 Full Review Source:

... the thrilleresque aspects ... are most pleasing.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

"The Statement is that rare, unassuming movie that has much to say and is so daring in its message that it is a wonder it has seen the light of day"

September 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

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July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Confused at its core and too befuddled to make that a virtue.

May 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

For the most part, though, there really isn't enough suspense or drama to make The Statement more than an occasionally chilling civics lesson.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

A listless melodrama that smothers its own potential.

April 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

All Jewison has to offer us is an exquisitely packaged reminder of the Catholic Church's collaboration with the Vichy government. But why distort history when your sole purpose is to offer a history lesson?

March 25, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a shame that a film with this much potential could be turned into such a dull, pedestrian affair.

March 21, 2004 Full Review Source:

Little more than a rote pursuit thriller.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Ends up being tedious.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The film is rather unbelievable, even though it's based on real-life tales of the Vichy Milice.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This Ludlum-esque political thriller... might be funny if it wasn't exploiting such a serious topic as the Holocaust.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

'Rome,' 'Paris,' 'Provence,' 'London' -- labels like these pop up so often in The Statement you're not sure if you're watching a movie or reading a map. But a map would be more compelling.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Statement elicits more yawns than gasps and plays like a second-rate rerun from Sunday afternoon television.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

not all roses, but it's a decent, well-made thriller of the sort that we don't get much anymore... It's tempting to say that we're getting Caine's best work only now.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Plodding and predictable.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Statement

I really liked the narrative behind this film, however I was slightly confused as to who I should be rooting for. Opening with (and following) Pierre Brossard we can see he is truly sorry for his actions. Is that just to calm his own nerves and make himself feel better? Maybe, but he still pained himself over what he has done which led me to believe we should be on his side and want him to escape. Certainly casting Michael Caine in this role does that. But at the end the filmmakers professed this film to the 7 Jews who were killed all those years ago, so why make their murderer so human and so compassionate? I also found it slightly slow at times when nothing to progress the narrative happened. This is a good film and whilst I won't be watching it for a long while it's something I'll definitely revisit. Thanks in part to Caine's brilliant performance!
October 22, 2011

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Cast: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, Jeremy Northam, Ciarán Hinds, John Neville, Matt Craven, Edward Petherbridge

Director: Norman Jewison

Summary: The buried sins of the past almost always find a way to surface in the present, as Frenchman Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine) discovers in this drama directed by Norman Jewison. Pierre's quiet life in southern France is disrupted as he's haunted by his betrayals. During World War II, his Nazi sympathizing led to the deaths of 14 Jews. With a Nazi hunter (Tilda Swinton), the police and hired killers on his trail, it's his turn to be the hunted.

My Thoughts: "The movie grabbed me right from the start with it's brilliant opening, but unfortunately it doesn't keep with that brilliance the entire film. In about thirty minutes in, it gets quite boring. Not one of Caine's best performances, but a movie he did carry on his own. It's basically him going from church to church in hiding. Not very interesting, but the story is. I wish they would have elaborated on it more then just showing Caine's character on the run. Also, what happened to this film being of french characters, they all sounded pretty british to me. Just not well made."
September 28, 2010

Super Reviewer

Not one of michael caines best of films its a bit boring really just following him around with his life and it just was very exciting!
April 24, 2009
Film Crazy

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Michael Caine plays the only interesting part , but even he can't help the sinking feeling of this flat, slow, superficial, unsympathetic tv movie with big aspirations. Too bad to know also that this may be Norman Jewison's last movie.
July 16, 2008

Super Reviewer

Movies Like The Statement

    1. Pierre Brossard: Saint Christopher, they saw me. They knew. Can they point me out? Can anyone say,'That's Brossard. He sent us to our graves.'
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Anne Marie Livi: Unless the whole truth is brought ou into the open, the dead will never rest easy.
    2. Col. Roux: And neither will you.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
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