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Agora Reviews

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Top Critic
Brandon Judell
October 31, 2012
A humorless feminist toga epic that fascinates with its intelligence and its abhorrence of the birth of Judeo/Christian culture.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 1, 2012
Agora is intelligent, stirring and, as the cultural devastation wrought by religious zealots plays out on screen, heartbreaking.
James Croot
June 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
All brain, no heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Weaving
January 12, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
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.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
November 24, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 18, 2010
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.
Craig Mathieson
November 18, 2010
Earnest but dull, Agora is about the clash of science and religion, but the filmmaking elements never quite create the necessary sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 18, 2010
A flat-footed, studious stroll through what most folks would consider a long-forgotten chapter of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
November 17, 2010
Alejandro Amenábar creates a palpable sense of place and never strays too far from his duty to stage big, sense-filling set pieces.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
November 15, 2010
Well researched, and anchored by Rachel Weisz's impressive lead performance, this is a fascinating film that avoids the Hollywood epic route.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 11, 2010
A contentious piece of history in which we see how the most primitive aspects of fundamental religious beliefs drove public life and generated hatreds ...
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 20, 2010
How can it be that this powerful, exciting, provocative movie has been all but overlooked this year?
Top Critic
September 21, 2010
Although the movie's history is spotty, its dialogue is sometimes clunky, and time frames are telescoped, its overall impact packs a powerful punch.
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 2, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
Just preaching to the choir - even a secular choir - isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 26, 2010
Despite noble intentions and bloody nods to religious intolerance, this historic epic can feel like a drippy toga party
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 13, 2010
Manages to mix philosophy, history, hysteria and a love triangle and still be something of a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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