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Amen Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
September 23, 2003
a sputtering, wet firecracker
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 23, 2003
Neither as moving nor as illuminating as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 24, 2003
While Amen works as a history lesson, it's less effective as a thriller, since the outcome is sadly all too well-known.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 7, 2003
It is the director's most ambitious film in years and one of his least compelling.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: C+
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 14, 2003
this production fails to take cinematic advantage of its material
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Geoffrey Macnab
Sight and Sound
September 13, 2002
A handsomely shot but stolid drama.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 24, 2003
It's regrettable that director Costa-Gavras puts more of his storytelling energy into simplistic psychology and suspense-movie action than historical depth and philosophical insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
January 31, 2003
Provocative in design, clumsy in execution.
| Original Score: 2/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 16, 2003
Extremely heavy-handed, almost comically repetitious, and way too long.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 1, 2003
Costa-Gavras often shortchanges the story's inherent drama for talky and strident speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 12, 2003
Though such elements might chip away somewhat at Amen's seriousness of intent, they do add fire to the stimulating drama.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 30, 2003
Subtle distinctions have not been Costa-Gavras' long suit, but urgency becomes him in this forceful and intelligent evocation ... of Hochhuth's belief that in moments of historical crisis, moral choice must take precedence over realpolitik.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 9, 2003
A movie that suggests the Holocaust may be an endless source of absorbing, heartbreaking dramas.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 2, 2003
Costa-Gavras is no stranger to crafting daring movies about government repression and struggles against injustice, like State Of Siege and Missing.
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David Stratton
Variety
June 9, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jonathan Kiefer
PopMatters
March 2, 2003
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 7, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
September 23, 2011

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July 2, 2003

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