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Agora Reviews

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Brandon Judell
indieWIRE
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.
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
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.
Full Review | 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
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-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 30, 2010
It's not perfect, but it's not like any other movie in theaters now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 29, 2010
Some may consider "Agora" sound history, others may label it heresy, but I call it thumping good drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 23, 2010
Agora, Alejandro Amenabar's absorbing historical drama, proves that, in an era of movies made for iPhones with artistic ambitions to match, there are still filmmakers willing to swing for the fences.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
July 22, 2010
Where Agora sometimes fails as a film, it can never fail as a spark to ignite the fires of conversation. At last, this is a sword and sandal epic with its mind in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 22, 2010
A strikingly physical as well as thoughtful drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 22, 2010
Agora is entertaining, and even at times illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 22, 2010
It's still more than watchable thanks to the ministrations of a talented director, Spain's Alejandro Amenábar, but the togas seem to have brought out the stiff, declamatory earnestness in everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 22, 2010
We're but tiny specks in the cosmos, a point Alejandro Amenábar drives home via nigh-omnipresent powers-of-10 shots...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 22, 2010
I went to see Agora expecting an epic with swords, sandals and sex. I found swords and sandals, some unexpected opinions about sex, and a great deal more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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