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The Statement Reviews

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 19, 2004
Seems more an excuse to attack a target than an exercise in solid storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
February 6, 2004
An inert sociopolitical thriller mired in moralizing.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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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.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
January 29, 2004
A high-minded but structurally shaky thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2004
Somewhere in this disappointing political thriller was a superb character study trying to get out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 16, 2004
[A] tasteless hunt-the-war-criminal thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 15, 2004
There is nothing particularly clever or twisty about it as a thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
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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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 9, 2004
Passable but not potent, The Statement winds up with surprisingly little to say.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Scott Foundas
Variety
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.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 12, 2003
The Statement never generates any sustained sense of outrage or urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 12, 2003
The Statement never comes together as a persuasive whole.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 11, 2003
A severe cinematic stiff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
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
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.