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  • Summary: The scandalous story of a young priest, Father Amaro (Bernal), assigned to a church in a small village in remote Mexico, who falls in love with a teenage girl, Amelia (Talancon), who then becomes pregnant with his baby, and asks for his help in getting an abortion.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Excellent acting, intelligent screenwriting, and dynamic filmmaking give this Mexican production a forceful emotional and intellectual charge.
  2. Carrera's direct, unadorned style has none of the searing imagery or cinematic imagination of "Y Tu Mama," but it bristles with passion, anger and a palpable sense of betrayal.
  3. 75
    Not an indictment of the Catholic Church as a whole, but a thought-provoking look at what can happen when decent individuals are seduced by the power of their position.
  4. Carrera's style is hard-hitting, lucid and technically superior (if unimaginative). El Crimen del Padre Amaro eventually moves and stirs you, even if it often resembles those steamy Mexican TV dramas/soap operas called telenovelas.
  5. The remarkable things about the new film, adapted by Vicente Leñero and directed by Carlos Carrera, are how smoothly it has been transposed to today's Mexico and how far good acting and skillful directing have gone toward tempering those melodramatic roots.
  6. 50
    However much the film may mirror the truth, dramatically it feels like a cheat. It omits the human spark that would make it work as a film, rather than a collection of dramatized issues.
  7. Father Amaro comes off as another pedophile in a frock. You'd have to hose this guy down if he were driving a school bus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. AlmaL.
    Nov 5, 2005
    10
    Very Good!
  2. FrankO.
    Feb 2, 2006
    7
    Felt like two different movies; first half being local politics and the church; 2nd half the relationship between Father Amaro and Ana Felt like two different movies; first half being local politics and the church; 2nd half the relationship between Father Amaro and Ana character. Publicity, trailer and DVD description misleading about the overriding theme of story. Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    6
    Gael Bernan simply fails to convince: a committed priest who submits to corruption without the requisite soul searching to justify his chosenGael Bernan simply fails to convince: a committed priest who submits to corruption without the requisite soul searching to justify his chosen path: had we seen some internal turmoil over his choices, this film would have been first rate Expand

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