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Two systems: the Nazi machine versus the Vatican and Allied diplomacy. Two men are struggling from the inside: On one side, Kurt Gerstein, a real-life chemist and SS officer, supplies the death camps with zyklon B while he tirelessly denounces the crimes and alerts the Allies, the Pope, the Germans and their churches of their murderous policy against the European Jews. Kurt does this at his own risk, and at the risk his family's welfare and safety. On the other side, Ricardo Fontana, a young Jesuit, is a fictitious character who represents all the priests, who were determined to struggle… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"In a remarkably subtle turn, the German Tukur is convincing as [Gerstein]."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"a sputtering, wet firecracker"
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"It's so inert, so slow-moving that it seems at least twice as long as it really is, and it manages to waste a potentially fascinating premise."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Less a gripping drama than a stimulating bit of polemic."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Tukur's performance is the centerpiece of the movie; it's a wonderful mixture of outrage and swiftly disappearing naivete."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"What should have been agonizing in its impact comes off as wooden, perhaps because Costa-Gavras works in schematic fashion, spoon-feeding us issues while skimming the historical surface."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Though Costa-Gavras brings nothing new to the table about the Holocaust, he puts another nail down in the argument that the world could have acted but didn't because of indifference."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Costa-Gavras often shortchanges the story's inherent drama for talky and strident speechifying."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A movie that suggests the Holocaust may be an endless source of absorbing, heartbreaking dramas."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Though such elements might chip away somewhat at Amen's seriousness of intent, they do add fire to the stimulating drama."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Extremely heavy-handed, almost comically repetitious, and way too long."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Costa-Gavras tells this heartbreaking tale of lost opportunity with an emotional restraint that makes it all the more powerful."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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