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Amen Reviews

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September 23, 2003
a sputtering, wet firecracker
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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
August 12, 2003
Though such elements might chip away somewhat at Amen's seriousness of intent, they do add fire to the stimulating drama.
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
August 1, 2003
Costa-Gavras often shortchanges the story's inherent drama for talky and strident speechifying.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
July 16, 2003
Extremely heavy-handed, almost comically repetitious, and way too long.
June 27, 2003
Tukur's performance is the centerpiece of the movie; it's a wonderful mixture of outrage and swiftly disappearing naivete.
May 29, 2003
Less a gripping drama than a stimulating bit of polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2003
A movie that suggests the Holocaust may be an endless source of absorbing, heartbreaking dramas.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 1, 2003
In a remarkably subtle turn, the German Tukur is convincing as [Gerstein].
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 25, 2003
Costa-Gavras tells this heartbreaking tale of lost opportunity with an emotional restraint that makes it all the more powerful.
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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
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
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-
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
March 7, 2003
It is the director's most ambitious film in years and one of his least compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 6, 2003
Relentlessly heavy-handed but quite compelling nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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