Amen (2003)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 24, 2003
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

In a remarkably subtle turn, the German Tukur is convincing as [Gerstein].

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Chris Barsanti

a sputtering, wet firecracker

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Tukur's performance is the centerpiece of the movie; it's a wonderful mixture of outrage and swiftly disappearing naivete.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Gene Seymour

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.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Though such elements might chip away somewhat at Amen's seriousness of intent, they do add fire to the stimulating drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Brilliant Foreign film examining the link between the Vatican and the Third Reich, Amen roars across the screen, and conveys the ignorance of the Vatican to do… More
Jarrin Rozenblad
Behind the scenes look at the Nazi story. Very thought provoking to see these things that we don't hear about in history class.
Cynthia S.
This is, by far, my favorite historical subject. Just when I thought that I have seen it all, and learned it all, another view of that horrific time comes to… More
Dannielle Albert
I like how it didn't show the horrors of the Holocaust and the director left it up to the viewer's imagination. It was a thoughtful film about how… More
Ross Collins
A leisurely paced docu-drama account of the Holocaust told from the perspective of Kurt Gerstein, a chemist in the SS who put aside his disgust to document and… More