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Agora (2010)

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53

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 89
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 42

Noble goals and a gripping performance from Rachel Weisz can't save Agora from its muddled script, uneven acting, and choppy editing.

50

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 12

Noble goals and a gripping performance from Rachel Weisz can't save Agora from its muddled script, uneven acting, and choppy editing.

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An Egyptian slave turns to Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his master, a philosopher and atheist.

Oct 9, 2010

$0.6M

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All Critics (89) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (42)

All brain, no heart.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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This Spanish-produced period drama is pretty dreadful: the drama is torpid, the astronomy lessons pedantic, and the spear-and-sandal production values flat-out cheesy.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Although the movie's history is spotty, its dialogue is sometimes clunky, and time frames are telescoped, its overall impact packs a powerful punch.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Manages to mix philosophy, history, hysteria and a love triangle and still be something of a bore.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
Detroit News
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Some may consider "Agora" sound history, others may label it heresy, but I call it thumping good drama.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Agora, Alejandro Amenabar's absorbing historical drama, proves that, in an era of movies made for iPhones with artistic ambitions to match, there are still filmmakers willing to swing for the fences.

July 23, 2010
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A humorless feminist toga epic that fascinates with its intelligence and its abhorrence of the birth of Judeo/Christian culture.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Agora is intelligent, stirring and, as the cultural devastation wrought by religious zealots plays out on screen, heartbreaking.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Filled with literal and metaphysical stone throwing between the religions, Agora is saddled with a muddy narrative and too many blokes who look alike.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Ambitious, sprawling and melodramatic, this sword-and-sandal epic lacks subtlety and struggles to provide much charm - ultimately dissolving into a rather obvious morality tale about the rise of fundamentalism.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Un digno retrato de época - no exento de ciertas simplificaciones - que logra recuperar con interés un período histórico y una figura olvidada como la de Hipatia (buena labor de Rachel Weisz).

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Agora could have been a powerfully subversive feminist film, but while it does have its moments it never truly lives up to its ambitious potential.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Somehow sessions of platonic inquiry interleaved with scenes of battle and riots do not make for a very gripping film. This one is sludgy in the extreme.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Earnest but dull, Agora is about the clash of science and religion, but the filmmaking elements never quite create the necessary sparks.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

A flat-footed, studious stroll through what most folks would consider a long-forgotten chapter of history.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Alejandro Amenábar creates a palpable sense of place and never strays too far from his duty to stage big, sense-filling set pieces.

November 17, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Well researched, and anchored by Rachel Weisz's impressive lead performance, this is a fascinating film that avoids the Hollywood epic route.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia) | Comment (1)
FILMINK (Australia)

A contentious piece of history in which we see how the most primitive aspects of fundamental religious beliefs drove public life and generated hatreds ...

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

How can it be that this powerful, exciting, provocative movie has been all but overlooked this year?

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

A landscape where heart and head can collide in a great fury, and when the world felt like it could go one way or the other.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Just preaching to the choir - even a secular choir - isn't enough.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin State Journal

Despite noble intentions and bloody nods to religious intolerance, this historic epic can feel like a drippy toga party

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for Agora

While this may not be a favorite among historical purists or religious people, I feel that this film was very significant for me on a personal level. I absolutely loved the story of Hypatia. Whether or not the film is historically accurate, it is inevitably true that she was simply a victim of religious intolerance and blind fundamentalism. It is a heartbreaking story and one which brings tears every time I watch it. I have a few quips about it in terms of acting but whatever else critics have said that reduces the emotional punch of the film, I disagree with and just don't think they are giving it a fair judging.
April 21, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Historically based movie...portraying one of the last of the great philosophers holding on to her world before the new Christians plunged it into the Dark Ages, and destroying the great philosophical and scientific works of the time. Their religion was as devoid of love, compassion and empathy as any before, or after them. When religion takes hold, out the window goes reason, science and tolerance. .
October 10, 2011
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

This is an outstanding film, my only question is what is fact and what is fiction, it seems to be a movie to show the negative side of both the Jewish religion and Christianity. The story is consist of a slave and his devotion for his Lady, Hypatia. Costumes were outstanding, and a huge cast to make you feel as though you were back in the 4th century. All in all still worth 5 Stars.
September 30, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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Neither Rachel Weisz's gripping performance, the impressive sets, the beautiful cinematography, nor the interesting subject matter can entirely save Agora. It is tainted by a poor script, slow pacing and mediocre acting from supporting roles.
August 17, 2011
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

    1. Hypatia: I believe in Reason [in response to so, what do you believe in?]
    – Submitted by Vinay K (24 months ago)
    1. Hypatia: If I could just unravel this just a little bit more, and just get a little closer to the answer, then... Then I would go to my grave a happy woman.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Hypatia: Synesius, you don't question what you believe, or cannot. I must.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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