The Crime of Padre Amaro
The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though melodramatic, El Crimen del Padre Amaro's critique of the Catholic church is a timely one.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Nothing more than a stifling morality tale dressed up in peekaboo clothing.

S. James Wegg

Like Father like Son, for soon Amaro is giving the beautiful waitress, Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancón) ... her Catechism lessons in bed ....

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Globe and Mail

It's not hard to see why Mexican audiences are lapping this up.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The director Carlos Carrera, who is acceptably talented, keeps the story on track -- on its various tracks.

Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

While the issues the film raises are acutely topical, Carrera seems bent on carrying on a crusade rather than creating a realistic drama.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Lurid drama that goes to ridiculously great lengths to draw its sad and tawdry picture.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Really good movie. Gael Garcia Bernal is a top of the line actor. This is a well made, well written, and well done film.
Mark Hobin
Lurid, one-sided assault detailing corruption within the Catholic church. What a fresh idea! Wildly schizophrenic film abruptly changes focus from one story… More
Wahida K
One of the most controversial films ever made
vieras esine
Being non-Catholic (and non-Christian) I wasn't touched or moved by this film in the way that I probably would have, were I of that religious conviction… More
Dean McKenna
One of the most provocative, captivating and controversial films of the year. An 1875 novel by Portuguese writer Eca de Queiros is updated to modern Mexico,… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Another telenovela passing by as a movie. Buean trabajo Serrano Limon, hiciste ver a medio mundo esta cosa. Por que no ahora una campaña para ir a ver como te… More