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The Crime of Padre Amaro Reviews

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Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Neil Smith
June 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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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
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
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
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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.
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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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
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