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The Crime of Padre Amaro Reviews

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
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February 14, 2003
It's not hard to see why Mexican audiences are lapping this up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
December 5, 2002
Nothing more than a stifling morality tale dressed up in peekaboo clothing.
December 2, 2002
The director Carlos Carrera, who is acceptably talented, keeps the story on track -- on its various tracks.
November 30, 2002
Lurid drama that goes to ridiculously great lengths to draw its sad and tawdry picture.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 29, 2002
Take away the controversy, and it's not much more watchable than a Mexican soap opera.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 29, 2002
Overall, this is a juicy movie but certainly not a trashy one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
November 27, 2002
Provides further evidence that Latin American directors are becoming increasingly adept at injecting social issues into popular entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
November 22, 2002
Lavishly, exhilaratingly tasteless.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 22, 2002
Just turn on Univision or Telemundo some night and see the same thing without the highfalutin pretensions.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 21, 2002
The movie is eminently watchable but predictable, pulpy and obviously biased.
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 21, 2002
Carrera gets solid performances from the strong cast led by García Bernal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2002
You may not believe everything you see... But you won't nod off, either.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2002
You can see the would-be surprises coming a mile away, and the execution of these twists is delivered with a hammer. Thumbs down.
November 15, 2002
Predictably melodramatic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2002
The film has soap-opera elements ... but it is also a serious critique of the Catholic Church and of societal corruption.
Read More | Original Score: A-
November 15, 2002
Bernal's transformation from naive priest to tortured adulterer to hard-nosed careerist is riveting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2002
A melodrama, a film that doesn't say priests are bad but observes that priests are human and some humans are bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2002
The film's most disconcerting element is its confusing mixture of satire and melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 14, 2002
The film is ... determined to treat its characters, weak and strong, as fallible human beings, not caricatures, and to carefully delineate the cost of the inevitable conflicts between human urges and an institution concerned with self-preservation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 14, 2002
Feels shrill, simple and soapy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 14, 2002
The film winds up muffling its own powerful protest.
November 14, 2002
Eventually moves and stirs you, even if it often resembles those steamy Mexican TV dramas/soap operas called telenovelas.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2002
The real crime is the way that the movie turns Gael García Bernal ... into a backwater Freddie Prinze Jr.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 12, 2002
Carrera's filmmaking is more workmanlike than stylish, but Padre Amaro is richly character driven and, for all its insolent, grotesque humor, straightforwardly humanist in its psychology.
November 12, 2002
The source of fascination is observing how the characters develop and understanding the underlying influences that affect every action and decision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2002
Despite the melodrama, Crime makes for an engrossing film.