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Amen Reviews

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September 23, 2003
a sputtering, wet firecracker
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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
January 23, 2003
Neither as moving nor as illuminating as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | 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 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
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+
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
February 14, 2003
this production fails to take cinematic advantage of its material
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 13, 2002
A handsomely shot but stolid drama.
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
January 31, 2003
Provocative in design, clumsy in execution.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 16, 2003
Extremely heavy-handed, almost comically repetitious, and way too long.
August 1, 2003
Costa-Gavras often shortchanges the story's inherent drama for talky and strident speechifying.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 12, 2003
Though such elements might chip away somewhat at Amen's seriousness of intent, they do add fire to the stimulating drama.
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.
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
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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