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The Statement Reviews

March 26, 2004
Caine bounces back and forth almost randomly between pitiable and detestable, following the dictates of a formulaic plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2004
This is a creaky, obsolete sort of film, not an instant classic, but an instant antique.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 19, 2004
Seems more an excuse to attack a target than an exercise in solid storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2004
An inert sociopolitical thriller mired in moralizing.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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.
January 30, 2004
One more case study in how loads of taste, talent and accumulated filmmaking wisdom don't guarantee success.
January 29, 2004
A high-minded but structurally shaky thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 17, 2004
Although the story is based on fact, the movie never convinced me of its truth.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 16, 2004
Intelligent and thought-provoking, but as drama, it fails to live up to its own high expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 16, 2004
Somewhere in this disappointing political thriller was a superb character study trying to get out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 16, 2004
[A] tasteless hunt-the-war-criminal thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 15, 2004
There is nothing particularly clever or twisty about it as a thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 15, 2004
Raises such important issues -- guilt, conscience, the memory of the Holocaust -- that, along with Jewison's skill and Caine's power, they carry the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
January 11, 2004
Caine's performance makes it a striking portrait of a man of faith's profound hypocrisy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 9, 2004
Director Norman Jewison dodges the issues in the script by Ronald Harwood to focus on cat-and-mouse chases that kill interest.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 9, 2004
Passable but not potent, The Statement winds up with surprisingly little to say.
Read More | Original Score: C+
December 23, 2003
Material that might have made for an intriguing morality play is rendered as a by-the-numbers and fatally overlong pursuit thriller.
December 13, 2003
Michael Caine is brilliant as a French Nazi collaborator hidden by the Catholic Church. Too bad Norman Jewison's film is a stiff, limping bore.
December 12, 2003
The Statement never generates any sustained sense of outrage or urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 12, 2003
Despite all its chest-beating about issues of collaboration and justice, The Statement is just the same old story about aging Nazis and government coverups.
December 12, 2003
With only a few exceptions -- and these exceptions do scream out for the mercy of the cutting-room floor -- Jewison directs with a quiet, authoritative hand, and delivers a suspenseful little movie with historical roots.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2003
Overripe dialogue and a fevered score fail to inject any real tension, and the accentless English spoken throughout a film set entirely in France is ludicrous and jarring.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 12, 2003
The Statement never comes together as a persuasive whole.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2003
A severe cinematic stiff.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 11, 2003
As much as these wonderful actors invest their performances with psychological nuance, their efforts go mostly for naught in a movie that gives character development a distant back seat to the grinding mechanics of its formulaic plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 11, 2003
It's bad enough that the performers, a largely British cast of well-known actors, are pretending to be French -- but on top of that, they're speaking English.
December 11, 2003
Never working up anywhere near the tension or the interest it thinks it has, The Statement is pedestrian almost from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 11, 2003
A surprisingly mild thriller, one that meanders and spasms dramatically, and that, despite its occasional outburst of violence, wastes a cast of ordinarily superb actors.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 10, 2003
This classy cast ... surely deserves better by way of character development, and almost all seem to compensate with wild overacting.
December 10, 2003
If any actor could reveal the squirmy soul of a war criminal, it's Caine, so it feels like a cheat when The Statement gives him nothing to portray but self-condemnation.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 9, 2003
Ends up second-guessing its own high-minded strivings, not trustful enough of its audience to be sophisticated about history and ethics, and not pulpy enough to keep us awake.
November 14, 2003
Splendid performances, especially from leads Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Northam, a pulse-quickening pace and production values that establish story and character within a distinct environment.