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Agora (2010)

TOMATOMETER

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

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

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 12

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 21,538

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Movie Info

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

Rating:
R (for some violence)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Romance , Art House & International , Classics
Directed By:
Written By:
Alejandro Amenábar , Mateo Gil
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 9, 2010
Box Office:
$0.6M
Runtime:
Newmarket Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Agora

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

All brain, no heart.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Although the movie's history is spotty, its dialogue is sometimes clunky, and time frames are telescoped, its overall impact packs a powerful punch.

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
Film.com
Top Critic

Manages to mix philosophy, history, hysteria and a love triangle and still be something of a bore.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Some may consider "Agora" sound history, others may label it heresy, but I call it thumping good drama.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 31, 2012
indieWIRE

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2012
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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2011
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.

Full Review… | January 12, 2011
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).

Full Review… | December 23, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 24, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
sbs.com.au

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2010
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2010
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 ...

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | October 20, 2010
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.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Wisconsin State Journal

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

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for Agora

½

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.

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Wildaly M

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. .

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itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

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.

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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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.

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Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Agora Quotes


Hypatia:
I believe in Reason [in response to so, what do you believe in?]
– Submitted by Vinay K (2 years ago)
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)
Hypatia:
Synesius, you don't question what you believe, or cannot. I must.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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