Amen. 2002

Critics score:
67 / 100

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Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News: It is the director's most ambitious film in years and one of his least compelling. Read more

Terry Lawson, 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. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: A handsome period production of fluidity and subtlety, intimate and large-scale. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: 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. Read more

Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News: In a remarkably subtle turn, the German Tukur is convincing as [Gerstein]. Read more

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Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: 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. Read more

Marta Barber, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: 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. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: Flawed but unmistakably moving, Amen shines a flashlight on the darkest chapter in modern history. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Neither as moving nor as illuminating as it should be. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: An unusually riveting experience for a story with an inevitable, dismal ending. Read more

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Mick LaSalle, 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. Read more

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J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Costa-Gavras provides a post-war postscript to make clear that honesty is punished; cynicism survives. Read more