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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 5, 2004
Worth catching for Caine's bravura turn as a despicable old man begging for sympathy, and also for its fascinating insights into the darker side of both France and the Catholic Church.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 25, 2004
Caine's good, but his Cockney accent is the most unlikely voice to emerge from a French character since Cary Grant was Capt. Henri Rochard in 'I Was a Male War Bride'...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
February 25, 2004
The movie is a dinosaur, lumbering around in slow motion knocking over mountains of exposition.
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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 20, 2004
Neither thrilling nor credible, despite its top-notch cast.
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Howard Shapiro
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 19, 2004
Partly because of Caine and partly because of meticulous work by veteran director Norman Jewison, The Statement is a fiction done so effectively, it rings true -- even slick lines that may otherwise be rancid.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
February 10, 2004
It winds up not making much of a statement at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 6, 2004
An inert sociopolitical thriller mired in moralizing.
| Original Score: C-
Peter Lowry
Film Threat
February 1, 2004
A decent drama carried by great acting and a tale that definitely leaves you with something to think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
February 1, 2004
Continuing a string of formidable performances that began with Little Voice, Michael Caine shines as a Frenchman tormented by a terrible secret.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
Cut-and-dried morality play, with the saints played by Brit actors who can't even be bothered to speak with French accents.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
One more case study in how loads of taste, talent and accumulated filmmaking wisdom don't guarantee success.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 30, 2004
It ought to be riveting, but it too often plods along, caught up in the mechanics of its cat-and-mouse plot.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christian Toto
Washington Times
January 30, 2004
Caine makes Statement rise above its soporific story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 30, 2004
The ideas and characters are what keep us involved, not any sense of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 30, 2004
Michael Caine sells this performance, but my final statement on the movie is that it doesn't quite live up to what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
January 29, 2004
A high-minded but structurally shaky thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 29, 2004
A second-rate thriller that cheaply exploits the Holocaust to give itself false meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 23, 2004
The Statement has the old appeal of esteemed actors in interesting places sharing reasonably adult talk, but as a thriller it could make Hitchcock rumble and sputter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 17, 2004
Although the story is based on fact, the movie never convinced me of its truth.
| Original Score: 2/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 17, 2004
Caine gives a gripping performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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