The Statement
The Statement (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 12, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The movie bores despite a splendid performance by Michael Caine.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Caine bounces back and forth almost randomly between pitiable and detestable, following the dictates of a formulaic plot.

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Howard Shapiro
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Cole Smithey

The film operates well as a thriller and probably goes further than intended in extracting sympathy for its reprehensible protagonist.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This is a creaky, obsolete sort of film, not an instant classic, but an instant antique.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

An inert sociopolitical thriller mired in moralizing.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... the thrilleresque aspects ... are most pleasing.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Seems more an excuse to attack a target than an exercise in solid storytelling.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Cut-and-dried morality play, with the saints played by Brit actors who can't even be bothered to speak with French accents.

Jordan Hiller

"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"

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
I really liked the narrative behind this film, however I was slightly confused as to who I should be rooting for. Opening with (and following) Pierre Brossard… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Michael Caine plays the only interesting part , but even he can't help the sinking feeling of this flat, slow, superficial, unsympathetic tv movie with big… More
Cast: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, Jeremy Northam, Ciarán Hinds, John Neville, Matt Craven, Edward Petherbridge Director:… More
xGary Xx
I was initially hooked by this film, both by the great opening scene in which Michael Caine coldly disposes of a supposed jewish vigilante and it's… More
Film Crazy
Not one of michael caines best of films its a bit boring really just following him around with his life and it just was very exciting!

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