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The Crime of Padre Amaro Reviews

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August 1, 2004
Like Father like Son, for soon Amaro is giving the beautiful waitress, Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancón) ... her Catechism lessons in bed ....
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 16, 2004
While the issues the film raises are acutely topical, Carrera seems bent on carrying on a crusade rather than creating a realistic drama.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Apesar das inúmeras liberdades tomadas com o texto de Eça de Queiroz, o filme funciona maravilhosamente bem com seus personagens tridimensionais e questionamentos sobre a Igreja.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 27, 2003
The drama was so uninspiring that even a story immersed in love, lust, and sin couldn't keep my attention.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 16, 2003
For all its oddities and deliberate controversy, Padre Amaro is at bottom a very melodramatic soap opera. It's not a bad one, but it's pretty much 99 and 44/100ths pure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 6, 2003
A muckraking tale of priestly corruption, hypocrisy and illicit love that smothers its reformist protest beneath a sweaty cassock of sexual soap opera and overheated religious symbolism...
| Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2003
One of the most relentlessly eye-opening dramas of the year.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
February 27, 2003
Like a south-of-the-border Melrose Place.
| Original Score: 6/10
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
February 15, 2003
Nothing more than a mediocre trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 14, 2003
For all of the criticisms of the Church in El Crimen del Padre Amaro, Carrera is quick to defend the basic humanity of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 14, 2003
Cut through the layers of soap-opera emotion and you find a scathing portrayal of a powerful entity strangling the life out of the people who want to believe in it the most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Globe and Mail
February 14, 2003
It's not hard to see why Mexican audiences are lapping this up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
Drama of temptation, salvation and good intentions is a thoughtful examination of faith, love ... and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
February 10, 2003
El Crimen Del Padre Amaro would likely be most effective if used as a tool to rally anti-Catholic protestors.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 7, 2003
This rather unfocused, all-over-the-map movie would be a lot better if it pared down its plots and characters to a few rather than dozens... or if it were subtler... or if it had a sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 7, 2003
Bernal ... gives an ambiguous performance; he's a lightweight actor, but that's a positive quality when portraying a man on whom nothing leaves a permanent mark.
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
January 31, 2003
The film is based on an 1875 novel but couldn't be more timely .
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 31, 2003
Truth be told, The Crime of Father Amaro isn't very compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003's junk, but it's tasty junk - you're fooling yourself if you think its politics run any deeper than the true yet obvious observation that power corrupts some people.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 13, 2002
Don't hate El Crimen del Padre Amaro because it's anti-Catholic. Hate it because it's lousy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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