The Crime of Padre Amaro
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Recently ordained a priest, 24-year-old Father Amaro is sent to a small parish church in Los Reyes, Mexico to assist the aging Father Benito in his daily work. Benito--for years a fixture in the church as well as the community--welcomes Father Amaro into a new life of unseen challenges. Upon arriving in Los Reyes, the ambitious Father Amaro meets Amelia, a beautiful 16-year-old girl whose religious devotion soon becomes helplessly entangles in a growing attraction to the new priest. Amelia is quickly following into the footsteps of her mother, Sanjuanera, who has been engaged in a long-time… 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,
"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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