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Simon Magus (2001)

Simon Magus


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: This debut film of Ben Hopkins' effectively evokes an atmosphere of magic and mysticism.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: This debut film of Ben Hopkins' effectively evokes an atmosphere of magic and mysticism.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 523


Movie Info

Simon Magus is a mystic who is hired by the Paris police to help them find a killer. In the process, he meets a spiritual French woman with whom he falls in love.

Directed By:
Written By:
Ben Hopkins
In Theaters:
Samuel Goldwyn Films


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Critic Reviews for Simon Magus

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (11) | DVD (1)

The villain sneers, and someone in the film- score department is banging a timpani in slow motion, meaning there's probably tragedy around the corner, but things are too earnest and sleepy to be sure.

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An odd but original, at times even poetic, film about a vanished world.

July 6, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Beautifully shot and lyrically told, Simon Magus is a beguiling study in contrasts, good and evil, darkness and light, hope and despair, joy and melancholy.

Full Review… | June 1, 2001
Associated Press
Top Critic

The more I think about Simon Magus, the less I'm sure what it's trying to say.

Full Review… | April 27, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Hopkins shows masterful skill in shaping Simon's reality and unreality in this engrossing, suspenseful morality play.

April 26, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Reasonably diverting, but the story never matches the movie's fantastic visual imagination.

Full Review… | March 30, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Presents a fairy-tale Eastern Europe glimpsed from far off through the telescope of melancholy nostalgia.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
East Bay Express

A little too proud of its own eccentricities, often at the expense of the story.

February 27, 2004
New Times

Think of it as: "Fiddler on the Roof" as soap opera.

November 7, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Full of magic and fantasy with an interesting mix of eccentric and complex characters.

Full Review… | July 24, 2001

The final montage sequence is exquisite, marking the emergence of an unusual and brilliant visual stylist.

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
E! Online

A striking feature debut with a creditable stab at magical realism.

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
Empire Magazine

A wonderfully intense emotional experience.

June 21, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A muddled work, neither truly scary nor compelling.

June 1, 2001

Can't decide if it wants to be a fairy tale, a parable, or magical realism.

Full Review… | June 1, 2001
Combustible Celluloid

Beautifully realized and lovingly photographed.

Full Review… | May 11, 2001
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A lyrical tribute to the mysteriousness of life and death.

Full Review… | March 30, 2001
Spirituality and Practice

...this fable about intolerance is handsome without being especially thought-provoking.

Full Review… | March 30, 2001
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Despite its fine cast, this first feature by British writer-director Ben Hopkins is more clumsily realized than many a misfire in recent memory.

Full Review… | March 29, 2001
Film Journal International

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