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Set in modern day France, the story of Pierre Brossard who, as a young man, was a Nazi executioner under the Vichy regime. Brossard has never been brought to trial and has lived a peaceful and anonymous life, sheltered by right-wing elements within the Catholic Church. A new investigation into his crimes is launched and Brossard finds himself the target of hit men on the one hand--and police investigators on the other. A wily old fox, he keeps outwitting his pursuers while desperately trying to figure out who they are. Who will get to Brossard first? The investigators or the assassins?

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Caine bounces back and forth almost randomly between pitiable and detestable, following the dictates of a formulaic plot."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Partly because of Caine and partly because of meticulous work by veteran director Norman Jewison, The Statement is a fiction done so effectively, it rings true -- even slick lines that may otherwise be rancid."
‑ Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film operates well as a thriller and probably goes further than intended in extracting sympathy for its reprehensible protagonist."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Em funçăo de sua própria premissa, apresenta questőes éticas interessantes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A listless melodrama that smothers its own potential."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"This is a creaky, obsolete sort of film, not an instant classic, but an instant antique."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"An inert sociopolitical thriller mired in moralizing."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"... the thrilleresque aspects ... are most pleasing."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Confused at its core and too befuddled to make that a virtue."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"All Jewison has to offer us is an exquisitely packaged reminder of the Catholic Church's collaboration with the Vichy government. But why distort history when your sole purpose is to offer a history lesson?"
‑ Kevin John Bozelka, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Seems more an excuse to attack a target than an exercise in solid storytelling."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Cut-and-dried morality play, with the saints played by Brit actors who can't even be bothered to speak with French accents."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
""The Statement is that rare, unassuming movie that has much to say and is so daring in its message that it is a wonder it has seen the light of day""
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"For the most part, though, there really isn't enough suspense or drama to make The Statement more than an occasionally chilling civics lesson."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Kansas City Star
"It's a shame that a film with this much potential could be turned into such a dull, pedestrian affair."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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