Movies Like The Statement

Opening

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45% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
83% Tracks Sep 19
93% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

11% No Good Deed $24.3M
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19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
36% The November Man $2.8M
34% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

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82% Satisfaction: Season 1
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83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
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97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
90% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
79% You're the Worst: Season 1

The Statement Reviews

Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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August 7, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 16, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Caine bounces back and forth almost randomly between pitiable and detestable, following the dictates of a formulaic plot.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 26, 2004

Arizona Republic
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March 21, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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This is a creaky, obsolete sort of film, not an instant classic, but an instant antique.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Seems more an excuse to attack a target than an exercise in solid storytelling.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

March 19, 2004
Howard Shapiro
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 19, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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An inert sociopolitical thriller mired in moralizing.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C-

February 6, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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One more case study in how loads of taste, talent and accumulated filmmaking wisdom don't guarantee success.

January 30, 2004
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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A high-minded but structurally shaky thriller.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

January 29, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Although the story is based on fact, the movie never convinced me of its truth.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Intelligent and thought-provoking, but as drama, it fails to live up to its own high expectations.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 16, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Somewhere in this disappointing political thriller was a superb character study trying to get out.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 16, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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[A] tasteless hunt-the-war-criminal thriller.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

January 16, 2004
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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There is nothing particularly clever or twisty about it as a thriller.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 15, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Raises such important issues -- guilt, conscience, the memory of the Holocaust -- that, along with Jewison's skill and Caine's power, they carry the movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 15, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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In the first ten or fifteen I thought, this is going to be like Hitchcockian thriller. I can't wait to see where this is going to go. But, then it just went all over the place.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

January 12, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Caine's performance makes it a striking portrait of a man of faith's profound hypocrisy.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 11, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Director Norman Jewison dodges the issues in the script by Ronald Harwood to focus on cat-and-mouse chases that kill interest.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 9, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Passable but not potent, The Statement winds up with surprisingly little to say.

| Original Score: C+

January 9, 2004
Scott Foundas
Variety
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Material that might have made for an intriguing morality play is rendered as a by-the-numbers and fatally overlong pursuit thriller.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 23, 2003
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Michael Caine is brilliant as a French Nazi collaborator hidden by the Catholic Church. Too bad Norman Jewison's film is a stiff, limping bore.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 13, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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The Statement never generates any sustained sense of outrage or urgency.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

December 12, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Despite all its chest-beating about issues of collaboration and justice, The Statement is just the same old story about aging Nazis and government coverups.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

December 12, 2003
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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With only a few exceptions -- and these exceptions do scream out for the mercy of the cutting-room floor -- Jewison directs with a quiet, authoritative hand, and delivers a suspenseful little movie with historical roots.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

December 12, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Overripe dialogue and a fevered score fail to inject any real tension, and the accentless English spoken throughout a film set entirely in France is ludicrous and jarring.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 12, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The Statement never comes together as a persuasive whole.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A severe cinematic stiff.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 11, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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As much as these wonderful actors invest their performances with psychological nuance, their efforts go mostly for naught in a movie that gives character development a distant back seat to the grinding mechanics of its formulaic plot.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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It's bad enough that the performers, a largely British cast of well-known actors, are pretending to be French -- but on top of that, they're speaking English.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 11, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Never working up anywhere near the tension or the interest it thinks it has, The Statement is pedestrian almost from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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A surprisingly mild thriller, one that meanders and spasms dramatically, and that, despite its occasional outburst of violence, wastes a cast of ordinarily superb actors.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

December 11, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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This classy cast ... surely deserves better by way of character development, and almost all seem to compensate with wild overacting.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 10, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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If any actor could reveal the squirmy soul of a war criminal, it's Caine, so it feels like a cheat when The Statement gives him nothing to portray but self-condemnation.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

December 10, 2003
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Ends up second-guessing its own high-minded strivings, not trustful enough of its audience to be sophisticated about history and ethics, and not pulpy enough to keep us awake.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 9, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Splendid performances, especially from leads Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Northam, a pulse-quickening pace and production values that establish story and character within a distinct environment.

November 14, 2003
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