The Statement Reviews

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February 25, 2004
The movie is a dinosaur, lumbering around in slow motion knocking over mountains of exposition.
February 20, 2004
Neither thrilling nor credible, despite its top-notch cast.
February 10, 2004
It winds up not making much of a statement at all.
February 6, 2004
An inert sociopolitical thriller mired in moralizing.
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 30, 2004
Caine makes Statement rise above its soporific story.
January 30, 2004
The ideas and characters are what keep us involved, not any sense of suspense.
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.
January 29, 2004
A high-minded but structurally shaky thriller.
January 29, 2004
A second-rate thriller that cheaply exploits the Holocaust to give itself false meaning.
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.
January 17, 2004
Although the story is based on fact, the movie never convinced me of its truth.
January 16, 2004
Intelligent and thought-provoking, but as drama, it fails to live up to its own high expectations.
January 16, 2004
Somewhere in this disappointing political thriller was a superb character study trying to get out.
January 16, 2004
[A] tasteless hunt-the-war-criminal thriller.
January 16, 2004
Jewison has no timing for this material and doesn't manage to build any kind of suspense.
January 15, 2004
What hampers the film is a curious lack of urgency, manifested in plot developments that are either painfully perfunctory ... or else lazily contrived.
January 15, 2004
There is nothing particularly clever or twisty about it as a thriller.
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.
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