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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.

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Rachel Weisz
as Hypatia
Oscar Isaac
as Orestes
Ashraf Barhom
as Ammonius
Rupert Evans
as Synesius
Omar Mostafa
as Isidorus
Manuel Cauchi
as Theophilus
Charles Thake
as Hesiquius
Clint Dyer
as Hierax-Parabolano
Sam Cox
as Pagan Rival
George Harris
as Heladius Dignitary
Paul Barnes
as Dignitary
Jordan Kiziuk
as Hypatia's Disciple
Stephen Buhagiar
as Parabalano
Michael Sciortino
as Philosopher
Joe Quattromani
as Old Philosopher
Sean Buhagiar
as Christian Student
Philip Mizzi
as Surgeon
Polly March
as Woman with Figs
John Suda
as Customer
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Critic Reviews for Agora

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

Oct 31, 2012 | Full Review…

All brain, no heart.

Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/4

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.

Jan 3, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Nov 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

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

Sep 21, 2010 | Full Review…

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

Aug 13, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Agora


A powerful and thought-provoking historical drama that makes us feel like traveling back in time with its astonishing visuals while at the same time offering us an intelligent narrative that raises endlessly compelling and rewarding discussions about science and religion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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I love Rachel Weisz, and was glad she got this opportunity to bring to light one of the truly inventive thinkers of antiquity, Hypatia, long forgotten in most curriculum. Unfortunately there's another tale here, that of nascent Christianity versus the vanishing paganism of the day. That'd be a good movie too, Christians as not so nice mob murderers. The mash up though doesn't have enough attention for both and so both stories are ill served, and so are you, the innocent viewer.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Yet another dramatic film that only exists as a video aid for high school teachers, "Agora" tries to bring tension to the story of Hypatia, while educating the audience on the discovery of the rotation of the earth around the sun in an elliptical motion, which disputed Ptolemy's model. While that discovery is interesting, and it's framed against the Christians taking over the historically pagan city of Alexandria (including the Library of Alexandria), it doesn't make for much of a watch. There's also a power dynamic between the major religions, and a weird love triangle between Hypatia, a slave named Davus, and her former student, turned prefect, Orestes. Even with all that buildup, this film is extremely boring. Oh my goodness, it bores the entire way through. It works well as a history of science film, because it doesn't overtly drag and it explains its points well, but for entertainment, go elsewhere.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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