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The collective crimes against humanity known as the Holocaust have been well-documented since the end of World War II, but lingering questions remain about how much was known about the Nazi mass-extermination schemes outside Germany, and what could have been done to prevent them. Political filmmaker Costa-Gavras confronts this thorny issue in this film, adapted from the stage drama The Representative and based in part on actual events. Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukar) is a German chemist whose work on various government health projects led to him being added to the scientific staff of the Nazi SS.… 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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