The Crime of Padre Amaro
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A priest discovers the path of virtue can be steep, and temptation can demand a heavy price, in this controversial drama from Mexico. Father Amaro (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a young Catholic priest whose mentor, the Bishop (Ernesto Gomez Cruz), expects great things from him. However, like all priests, Amaro must first be assigned where he is needed most, which leads him to the small rural community of Los Reyes, where Amaro is to assist Father Benito (Sancho Gracia). To his shock, Amaro discovers Benito is hardly following Holy Law -- he's having an affair with Sanjuanera (Angelica Aragon), a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all of the criticisms of the Church in El Crimen del Padre Amaro, Carrera is quick to defend the basic humanity of his characters."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Nothing more than a stifling morality tale dressed up in peekaboo clothing."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Like Father like Son, for soon Amaro is giving the beautiful waitress, Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancón) ... her Catechism lessons in bed ...."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"The drama was so uninspiring that even a story immersed in love, lust, and sin couldn't keep my attention."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the most relentlessly eye-opening dramas of the year."
‑ Glenn Kenny, Premiere Magazine
"It's not hard to see why Mexican audiences are lapping this up."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"The director Carlos Carrera, who is acceptably talented, keeps the story on track -- on its various tracks."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"While the issues the film raises are acutely topical, Carrera seems bent on carrying on a crusade rather than creating a realistic drama."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"For all its oddities and deliberate controversy, Padre Amaro is at bottom a very melodramatic soap opera. It's not a bad one, but it's pretty much 99 and 44/100ths pure."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Like a south-of-the-border Melrose Place."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"A lurid but timeless reminder that the bureaucracies and regulations of organized religion have nothing to do -- indeed are often at odds -- with living a God-ward life."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Lurid drama that goes to ridiculously great lengths to draw its sad and tawdry picture."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Apesar das inúmeras liberdades tomadas com o texto de Eça de Queiroz, o filme funciona maravilhosamente bem com seus personagens tridimensionais e questionamentos sobre a Igreja."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A muckraking tale of priestly corruption, hypocrisy and illicit love that smothers its reformist protest beneath a sweaty cassock of sexual soap opera and overheated religious symbolism..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Nothing more than a mediocre trifle."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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