Agora Reviews

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August 5, 2019
Feature(s) a truly gorgeous, sweeping score by Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli, filled with soaring choirs and massive crescendos. Had the film shown the same kind of epic emotional fervor as its music it would have been a great film indeed.
October 31, 2012
A humorless feminist toga epic that fascinates with its intelligence and its abhorrence of the birth of Judeo/Christian culture.
August 1, 2012
Agora is intelligent, stirring and, as the cultural devastation wrought by religious zealots plays out on screen, heartbreaking.
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.
January 31, 2011
All brain, no heart.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
November 18, 2010
A flat-footed, studious stroll through what most folks would consider a long-forgotten chapter of history.
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.
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.
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 ...
October 20, 2010
How can it be that this powerful, exciting, provocative movie has been all but overlooked this year?
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.
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.
August 26, 2010
Just preaching to the choir - even a secular choir - isn't enough.
August 26, 2010
Despite noble intentions and bloody nods to religious intolerance, this historic epic can feel like a drippy toga party
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