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The Statement Reviews

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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
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
December 12, 2003
The film's worthwhile subject matter and behind-the- scenes pedigree will endear it to film critics and older, more discriminating audiences. However, The Statement is no more insightful than a paperback purchased at an airport bookstore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 10, 2003
This classy cast ... surely deserves better by way of character development, and almost all seem to compensate with wild overacting.
James Rocchi
January 8, 2004
Ponderous "thriller" about French anti-Semitism has noble intentions -- but banal execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 12, 2004
In the first ten or fifteen I thought, this is going to be like Hitchcockian thriller. I can't wait to see where this is going to go. But, then it just went all over the place.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 18, 2004
'Rome,' 'Paris,' 'Provence,' 'London' -- labels like these pop up so often in The Statement you're not sure if you're watching a movie or reading a map. But a map would be more compelling.
| Original Score: 1/4
Chris Barsanti
December 11, 2003
when the "mystery" is finally uncovered, it's an embarrassment, the Hardy Boys could have handled this thing in 15 minutes.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
January 30, 2004
Caine makes Statement rise above its soporific story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online
January 4, 2004
"The Statement...wants to be both a thriller and a revelatory historical exposť, but on both counts it falls flat.
Eric D. Snider
March 21, 2004
It's a shame that a film with this much potential could be turned into such a dull, pedestrian affair.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 16, 2004
Jewison has no timing for this material and doesn't manage to build any kind of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
December 15, 2003
All this talent and still barely a fizzle of yum from the whole yarn. Shame because Caine shed his wink and really delivers one of his finest roles ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
November 15, 2003
The Statement never delves too deeply into the pitch-black heart of its premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
December 11, 2003
...comes alive only when Caine is on screen (but) somewhere under the stilted surface there is a savvy, intelligent, anxiety-packed political thriller struggling to get out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
December 11, 2003
Falls flat due to skimpy characterizations for all but the central character and dialogue of the kind of cliched banality that frequently induces pained winces.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 12, 2003
[R]apidly descends into inescapable absurdity...
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 14, 2003
a cat and mouse story with an unsympathetic protagonist and murky agenda
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 13, 2004
"The Statement" never finds its level as a film with its multiple story threads and the implication of anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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