Season of the Witch

2011

Season of the Witch

Critics Consensus

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

10%

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Total Count: 120

30%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 79,812
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Movie Info

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 Media

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Cast

Claire Foy
as The Girl
Christopher Lee
as Cardinal D'Ambroise
Kevin Rees
as Dying Monk
Andrew Hefler
as Jail Bailiff
Fernanda Dorogi
as Old Woman (Civaudon)
Rebekah Kennedy
as Peasant Turk Girl
Matt Devere
as Sergeant in Arms
Róbert Bánlaki
as Livery Boy
Barna Illyés
as Cardinal's Priest
Kevin Killebrew
as Demon Voice
Simone Kirby
as Midwife
Elen Rhys
as Peasant Girl
Nick Sidi
as Priest
Rory McCann
as Soldier Commander
Nicola Sloane
as Spinster
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Grandmaster
Lisa Marie Dupree
as Tavern Girl
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Critic Reviews for Season of the Witch

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (30)

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

    Nov 24, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Another forgettable trifle from Cage.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Leah Rozen

    TheWrap
    Top Critic
  • Director Dominic Sena sets a quick pace; the dull moments are brightened by the unexpectedly likable team of Cage and Perlman.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 12, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's Centurion Deux without the second-coming-of-Carpenter pretense, though you still wish the trashiness were more distinctive.

    Jan 12, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 7, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Season of the Witch

  • Mar 01, 2014
    I liked it. 90 minutes of saving the world.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2012
    In a plague ridden town in the middle ages, Behmen(Nicolas Cage) and Felson(Ron Perlman) are detained due to deserting the crusades. In order to escape death or worse, they agree to accompany an accused witch(Claire Foy) to a city in hopes of curing the plague. Along for the ride are Debelzag(Stephen Campbell Moore) and Eckhart(Ulrich Thomsen), to be guided by Hagamar(Stephen Graham), a con man. And then Kay(Robert Sheehan) shows up. With "Season of the Witch," I was hoping for something along the lines of an entertaining distraction and was disappointed when the movie could not even manage that with its nonsensical plot. A lot of it comes down to it not being able to decide what kind of movie it wants to be. I would say maybe horror but it cannot even be creepy. Ron Perlman's relaxed performance suggests buddy movie but a highly miscast Nicolas Cage gives a a flat performance that nixes that idea. By contrast, Ulrich Thomsen's performance has just the right amount of gravitas. In any case, there is no chance of working a redemption storyline because the movie is probably dishonest on the subject of Behmen never having killed a woman before, taking into account twelve years of previous carnage and pillaging, not to mention how rude it is to kill people just because of a disagreement over religious dogma.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Horrible movie, but effects were okay.. Nicholas Cage has hit rock bottom, after Drive Angry and this, hes not making a comeback anytime soon. The plot of the film was lame, they didn't try very hard in this. Like I said, the effects were good enough for 2 stars, but they were just okay all the same. Overall a really crappy film with some okay effects.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2011
    January is notorious for being that time of year when the worst movies hit theaters. Most mainstream films that are released during this month are those which studios feel are the least likely to be well-received. If the first weekend of 2011 is any indication, it is going to be an ugly month. As the first new nationwide film, Season of the Witch sets a new sub-standard in January horribleness. The movie is set during the Black Death era of the Middle Ages and begins with a ridiculous battle montage showing crusaders attacking heathens. This happens before the main characters are even introduced and displays post-300 slow motion battle shots in glorious PG-13 bloodless violence. The heroes are revealed to be war veterans Behmen (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Pearlman). They conveniently realize after several years of battles that their warmongering could threaten innocent people. So, they desert their posts but are captured and incarcerated thereafter. For their freedom, they agree to accompany a woman accused of witchcraft to be tried in a distant village. The journey's duration introduces other characters who live exactly up to expectations, meaning they are killed off or act heroically whenever the script calls for it. The witch is presented as seductively evil, and there actually is a good line between her and Behmen. It's the only well-written part of the whole film. Behmen and Felson do not speak with British accents although other characters do. Their speech remains unmodified for the setting, which is indicative of the studio's lack of belief that the movie would be good. Cage has a lot of debt, so he probably signed on under the condition he wouldn't have to fake anything. Characters in smaller roles have a bit more freedom to experiment with accents, but sometimes forget to use it. A bad movie night game could be played determining whose voice just changed. The story owes a great deal to Ingmar Bergman's classic The Seventh Seal minus the ambiguity of the plot. Bergman would have been aggravated that this re-imagining of his story assumes audiences are idiots. Here is one of many examples: Behmen and company see a forest with heavy fog ahead of them, arrive, and finally alert us that the fog is thick. This technique is used yet again when the group arrives at the village. The titular witch is revealed to be a demon in disguise. It's similarly applied to the film's visuals by watching real world objects transform into cheesy CGI abominations. The special effects are very low budget, which signifies where the majority of the budget went. Fortunately, the film's popular title provides an opportunity to share interesting trivia. The first two Halloween films were followed by an unrelated sequel called Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which has now happened again if one considers the recent Rob Zombie films. Halloween III was given its subtitle despite witches or witchcraft having no part in the plot, similar to how this new film is actually about a demon. George Romero's 1972 film Hungry Wives was re-titled Season of the Witch when Halloween III was released on home video and is the only one of the films to include Donovan's song "Season of the Witch" on its soundtrack. It is also the only one of the three that actually concerns witchcraft. Debating trivia with friends is likely to be a better experience than watching Season of the Witch. Even by both Nicolas Cage and January standards is it bad. The fact that it was directed by Dominic Sena who made the worst film of 2009 in Whiteout, completes a triangle of awfulness that is unlikely to be matched in 2011. Not Recommended
    Patrick B Super Reviewer

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