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Season of the Witch (2011)

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 104

Slow, cheap-looking, and dull, Season of the Witch fails even as unintentional comedy.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 25

Slow, cheap-looking, and dull, Season of the Witch fails even as unintentional comedy.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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Oscar (R) winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Ghost Rider) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hellboy II) star in this supernatural action adventure about a heroic Crusader and his fellow soldier who must transport a woman accused of being a witch to a remote monastery. The arduous journey across perilous terrain tests their strength and courage as they discover the girl's secret and find themselves battling a terrifyingly powerful force that will determine the fate of the world. -- (C) Relativity

Jun 28, 2011

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After a while, the movie tires of the witch business and trots out a plot twist that permits the effects department to spend money.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Another forgettable trifle from Cage.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap | Comment (1)
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Director Dominic Sena sets a quick pace; the dull moments are brightened by the unexpectedly likable team of Cage and Perlman.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (3)
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Cage is effective as a falling down drunk in Las Vegas or a treasure hunter navigating goofy road trips but not as a disillusioned champion of the Church going one-on-one with a demon. Steven Seagal would have been more believable.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment (1)
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It's Centurion Deux without the second-coming-of-Carpenter pretense, though you still wish the trashiness were more distinctive.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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Cage alternates between leaden line readings and thunderous outbursts, making his accomplished costars Ulrich Thomsen and Stephen Campbell Moore look even better. But the movie's worst aspect is the CGI, which packs no scares whatsoever.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The filmmakers try to use special effects to cover up the weaknesses of the story, but even on that point they fail pretty badly.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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Not the stinker that everyone says it is, but you do have to ignore its flaws in order to be entertained.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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It's an Uwe Boll kind of film that's been directed with a certain degree of competency by previous Cage collaborator Dominic Sena.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (2)
7M Pictures

Have low expectations for this movie and you might just be surprised.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comments (4)
Digital Spy

I may be in the minority of critics to think so, but Season Of The Witch is an enjoyable medieval thriller that's well-made in spite of some moments of silliness.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard | Comment (1)

Although I will likely be disemboweled from my toes to my nose (metaphorically speaking only, I hope) for this proclamation, I didn't think Season of the Witch was all that bad!*

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comments (2)
BrandonFibbs.com

Cage's disappointingly subdued performance stands as the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back...

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

God's teeth!

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comment (1)
The Ooh Tray

Guns are fun in movies, but bashing about with broadswords speaks to the 12-year-old in all of us.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Comments (3)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

For long, long stretches, [it's] too leaden and dour to be any fun at all.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Comment (1)
Bullz-Eye.com

It's amazing how little entertainment value there is in watching Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play world-weary Crusaders in a movie called Season Of The Witch. Come on! It's Ghost Rider and Hellboy!

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Comment (1)
NOW Toronto

Anti-Oscar-movie people, this one is for you.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comments (2)
Movies.com

Just how big was that IRS bill, anyway?

March 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Press | Comment (1)
Houston Press

It's a bit cheesy but there is action and tension and strong graphic effects - and even a deadpan moment

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (7)
Urban Cinefile

Avoid it -- wait for it -- like the Black Plague.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

A Nicolas Cage movie where Nicolas Cage doesn't lose his shit. Avoid.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Platform | Comments (2)

Spellbinding it's not.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comments (3)
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Audience Reviews for Season of the Witch

I liked it. 90 minutes of saving the world.
March 1, 2014
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08/01/2012 (Netflix, PS3)
January 8, 2012
EightThirty

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For some people, just having Nicholas Cage and his absurd deadpan delivery and ridiculous expressions in a historical movie is inherently entertaining. I'm one of those people, especially when it's a movie that takes itself as seriously as Season of the Witch.

Cage and Ron Perlman star as two heroic Crusaders turned deserters who are captured and tasked with either escorting an imprisoned, supposed plague-causing witch to her trial, or dying for abandoning the war. Just because the young woman is in a cage doesn't make her any less dangerous, though, and the closer they get to their destination, the greater the peril becomes for them and their companions.

Season of the Witch actually turned out to be a better supernatural medieval flick than I expected. Sure, it's often unintentionally goofy and the action scenes are filmed and edited in a way where it can be tough to see what's even going on, but it wasn't boring and some parts were even fairly exciting. The ending seemed a little rushed, but surprisingly, I still find myself recommending this to anyone who's interested. It's not a masterpiece, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
November 18, 2011
lewiskendell

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Again it would seem to be the year for mediocre movies that are entertaining enough but maybe not one you'd watch again.
Yes its action packed, yes its well acted, yes storyline is okay and keeps you guessing, however it just isnt a movie that wows you.
Its worth a watch for the action and Cage's and Periman's onscreen humour but not a fantastic movie.
November 15, 2011
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    1. Felson: When this is over, we will sit in the halls that my fathers sat in and drink ale and tell tales few men have lived to tell!
    – Submitted by Klaus v (18 months ago)
    1. Behmen: Grant me courage, oh Lord, as I am thy servant.
    – Submitted by Izza Adillah I (2 years ago)
    1. Debelzaq: We're going to need more holy water.
    – Submitted by kenneth n (2 years ago)
    1. The Girl: We believe what we want to believe.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Kaylan: Honor is not a thing to be dismissed or forgotten.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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