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Detroit Free Press:
Costa-Gavras deserves credit for staying the course; in a time when most European film directors are wringing their hands, he's still pointing fingers.
Amen., a docudrama rather than a documentary, is clearly guided by Shoah's example, asking us to reflect on the Holocaust and what made it possible rather than simply recoil from it.
Subtle distinctions have not been Costa-Gavras' long suit, but urgency becomes him in this forceful and intelligent evocation ... of Hochhuth's belief that in moments of historical crisis, moral choice must take precedence over realpolitik.
Although the unrelenting pursuit of making the Vatican listen becomes a bit tiresome, the portrayals of the two men by Tukur and Kassovitz are engaging.
Costa-Gavras' political thrillers used to jab and thrust with lethal efficiency. This one just pounds against a heavy bag, huffing and puffing all the way.
New York Observer:
Flawed but unmistakably moving, Amen shines a flashlight on the darkest chapter in modern history.
San Francisco Chronicle:
An expose of the Catholic hierarchy in a state of mind-boggling paralysis, presented in a fictional context that, inevitably, dulls its edge and makes us question its accuracy.
Costa-Gavras provides a post-war postscript to make clear that honesty is punished; cynicism survives.