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½ June 8, 2010
Alright tv movie. Well produced. Nice cast, but it's a bit strange to see a french story, with french characters in France, all done in british..... should have been a french production...
½ June 6, 2010
This movie is based on a compelling story but it is very poorly directed. First off, the convention of setting a movie in France with French characters and having them speak with British accents to make the movie seem "foreign" is outdated. It never really worked, but it did have commercial benefit in the mid to late 20th century. Today, with indie and Foreign film moving into the mainstream, it is almost laughable. This movie would have done better commercially and artistically if it had been in French with subtitles. Secondly, the director has created caricatures for the roles of the female judge, the detectives, priests and the rotund local politician. Michael Cain rises above this in spite of a vacuous mind of the director. This is a good example how dumbing down a movie for the masses doesn't always make for commercial success. Sometimes you just ruin the entire film.
½ January 22, 2010
The Statement elicits more yawns than gasps and plays like a second-rate rerun from Sunday afternoon television.
January 3, 2010
Woeful. It's stiff, it's clunky, it's mechanical, it never builds up urgency or tension. No matter how much leeway you want to give certain movies, it just isn't enough, and you will end up disliking them no matter how much you don't want to. Statement is one of them.
½ August 19, 2009
A former Nazi executioner who has never been brought to trial is being followed by hitmen and police investigators. He keeps outsmarting them and tries to find out who these people are.
Super Reviewer
April 24, 2009
Not one of michael caines best of films its a bit boring really just following him around with his life and it just was very exciting!
March 30, 2009
oh so ernest and worthy, yet if the director had spent as much time worrying about the story rather than the message this might have been twice the film. Still Caine is excellent as the slimy Brossard as is Swinton as his nemesis.
February 5, 2009
Disappointing, Michael Cane!
½ January 11, 2009
Very thrilling movie. Enjoyed Caine's starring as well as the others'.
½ October 8, 2008
Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine) has been on the run for 44 years from his war crime charges of murdering seven Jews for their estate properties and material possessions. While Judge Annemarie Livi(Tilda Swinton) and Inspector Cholet (Peter Wight) seek to bring him to justice, they also discover the conspiracy of a group of Broussard's former co-workers under the Nazi-controlled Vichy regime that sends assassins to kill Brousard in the name of retaliation for the seven murdered Jews.

The Catholic Church does not only help to harbour and sponsor Broussard, but she also offers him absolutions under the false impression and erroneous doctrines that the divine forgiveness for a human soul exempts him from the consequences of his actions and can even dissolve his responsibilty to follow his conscience and execute justice.
October 2, 2008
Another movie that displays Catholics as a cultist collective... no less a Nazi supporter. Michael Caine is fabulous and shows much humanity to his character on the run.
August 5, 2008
Better than expected
Super Reviewer
July 16, 2008
Michael Caine plays the only interesting part , but even he can't help the sinking feeling of this flat, slow, superficial, unsympathetic tv movie with big aspirations. Too bad to know also that this may be Norman Jewison's last movie.
July 13, 2008
Pierre Brossard fue colabordaor nazi en la Francia de los 40. Ahora es perseguido por sus crimenes y por la policía. Caine hace la película como el penitente asesino, entrampado en su pasado, frío, debil y jugado. El resto, una comparsa, ritmo irregular, final apropiado, epilogo basura
June 7, 2008
Intriguing historical thriller, Michael Caine shines in the lead role
May 22, 2008
Cast,story,tempo, interesting result!
Super Reviewer
½ April 11, 2008
Nice solid acting, anyone might enjoy this movie if they are blind enough to ignore the plot hole.

Film Threat | Mark Sells
The film makes an honest effort to present this story as intelligent and thought provoking, but ultimately falls flat because it doesn?t provide enough reasons to care.
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