The Statement Reviews

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March 26, 2004
Caine bounces back and forth almost randomly between pitiable and detestable, following the dictates of a formulaic plot.
March 19, 2004
This is a creaky, obsolete sort of film, not an instant classic, but an instant antique.
March 19, 2004
Seems more an excuse to attack a target than an exercise in solid storytelling.
March 16, 2004
Plodding and predictable.
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.
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 29, 2004
A high-minded but structurally shaky thriller.
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 15, 2004
There is nothing particularly clever or twisty about it as a thriller.
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.
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.
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.
January 9, 2004
Passable but not potent, The Statement winds up with surprisingly little to say.
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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