Season of the Witch - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Season of the Witch Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
After a while, the movie tires of the witch business and trots out a plot twist that permits the effects department to spend money.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
Another forgettable trifle from Cage.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 4, 2011
Director Dominic Sena sets a quick pace; the dull moments are brightened by the unexpectedly likable team of Cage and Perlman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 12, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 12, 2011
It's Centurion Deux without the second-coming-of-Carpenter pretense, though you still wish the trashiness were more distinctive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 7, 2011
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.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
January 7, 2011
Even the most dedicated of Nicolas Cage's fans will find little to enjoy about the historical-fantasy-action romp Season of the Witch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 7, 2011
Another movie is turned into a turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 7, 2011
The film is not altogether dreadful, although it's far from good. And that's not good. Classic stinkeroos are rarer than masterpieces, and we all need a laugh now and then, even if the laughs are inadvertent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 7, 2011
Season of the Witch is as bloodless as a starved vampire. Instead of a review, it deserves a stake in the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 7, 2011
Audiences considering "Season of the Witch" should heed the timeless advice of its ancestor "Holy Grail" -- run away!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 7, 2011
Rather than elevating this wanna-be Hammer horror flick, Cage somehow lowers its quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
January 7, 2011
A mishmash of horror and history genres that's not as bad as its trailers but ultimately is dragged down by, of all things, its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 7, 2011
Really, at its worst, the whole thing's a little bit like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" - minus the jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 7, 2011
Ever since Bergman's "The Virgin Spring" was remade as "Last House on the Left," his work has suggested a rich mine for homage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 7, 2011
It's got videogame-from-hell F/X, plus jousting, plus Cage in tangled long hair he seems to have mistakenly put in the washing machine.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 7, 2011
Cage's old pal Dominic Sena is a decade removed from their "Gone in 60 Seconds" directing glory, and he gets nothing out of this script that isn't pure hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 6, 2011
A 14th-century road movie with 21st-century cuss words.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 6, 2011
A CGI freakout at the finale can't save this mundane medieval thriller about witches, devils and disillusioned knights.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
January 6, 2011
Season of the Witch is a fine example of a film that would've been great fun if only its creators had a sense of humor about the wild brew of absurdity they had percolating.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 6, 2011
Welcome to the January dead zone.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2011
Directed by the perennially hollow Dominic Sena from a script by Bragi Schut, "Season of the Witch" is all seams. It never balances out its competing desires...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 6, 2011
Cage plods through the story with a stiffly restrained, exaggeratedly earnest performance that makes him look like the most awkward amateur in the local Society For Creative Anachronism troupe.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 6, 2011
Did either Cage or Sena even bother reading Bragi F. Schut's patchwork script, before adjusting the wig, flicking on the camera and cashing the pay cheques?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
January 6, 2011
Season of the Witch begins in a Crusade taking place after the Crusades, in a 14th Century for Dummies about as immersive and real as the Ohio State Renaissance Festival.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 6, 2011
It takes place during the 14th century, but everyone speaks in contemporary language, which might have been acceptable if the dialogue were clever or intelligent or funny or, you know, good.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 6, 2011
Off the top of my head, I'm guessing that "Season of the Witch" claims a place in the top five all-time bizarre and pointless homages to art cinema.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 5, 2011
It's creaky, predictable and frequently idiotic. But for a tipsy Saturday night, this should tick all the right boxes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5