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The Crime of Padre Amaro Reviews

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Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 13, 2002
It's hard to be certain without the benefit of detailed cultural context, but one gets the hunch that Carrera himself isn't all that clear about where he draws the line between the dramatic and parodic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 10, 2002
A lurid but timeless reminder that the bureaucracies and regulations of organized religion have nothing to do -- indeed are often at odds -- with living a God-ward life.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
December 7, 2002
García Bernal and Talancón are an immensely appealing couple, and even though their story is predictable, you'll want things to work out.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 5, 2002
Nothing more than a stifling morality tale dressed up in peekaboo clothing.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 2, 2002
A slick, engrossing melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 2, 2002
The director Carlos Carrera, who is acceptably talented, keeps the story on track -- on its various tracks.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 30, 2002
Lurid drama that goes to ridiculously great lengths to draw its sad and tawdry picture.
| Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 29, 2002
Take away the controversy, and it's not much more watchable than a Mexican soap opera.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 29, 2002
Overall, this is a juicy movie but certainly not a trashy one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 27, 2002
Works itself into a lather of passion, anguish and tragedy, but there's more to this Mexican movie than straight soap opera.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 27, 2002
Provides further evidence that Latin American directors are becoming increasingly adept at injecting social issues into popular entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 27, 2002
...it tries to do far too much [story telling] in the allotted time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 27, 2002
long on licentiousness and short on subtlety...Amaro is given no arc - he simply leaps off one
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 26, 2002
ordinary melodrama that is heavy on religious symbols but wafer-thin on dramatic substance
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 24, 2002
At two hours, the movie goes on too long and resolves too little -- even though it provides some interesting moments along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Amit Asaravala
Filmcritic.com
November 24, 2002
For all the trouble it caused and all the pesos it brought in, Padre Amaro is a surprisingly lacking film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 22, 2002
The story line may be 127 years old, but El Crimen del Padre Amaro ... couldn't be more timely in its despairing vision of corruption within the Catholic establishment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
November 22, 2002
This is basically high-class melodrama -- Mexican soap opera on a Cadillac budget -- but Bernal is subtly effective as Amaro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 22, 2002
The story is timeless, but when adapted to the modern age, it makes for a wrenching film -- never preachy or sentimental, and refreshingly non-judgmental about the fundamental and contradictory issues it raises.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 22, 2002
Lavishly, exhilaratingly tasteless.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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