Agora Reviews

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October 31, 2012
A humorless feminist toga epic that fascinates with its intelligence and its abhorrence of the birth of Judeo/Christian culture.
January 31, 2011
All brain, no heart.
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.
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.
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.
August 13, 2010
Manages to mix philosophy, history, hysteria and a love triangle and still be something of a bore.
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.
July 22, 2010
An interesting but often frustrating effort by the director of The Sea Inside, who proves that ambition and talent aren't enough to ensure a compelling drama.
July 22, 2010
A strikingly physical as well as thoughtful drama.
July 22, 2010
Agora is entertaining, and even at times illuminating.
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.
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.
July 7, 2010
The human story of Agora is not only smaller in scale than the sweep of geohistory but considerably less interesting.
July 7, 2010
Agora feels like an overlong school trip to the planetarium, followed by a Romans-in-togas play in the gym.
June 17, 2010
With fire in her eyes and the riddle of the solar system in her brain, Weisz struggles in fleshing out a historical character well worth a movie, though frustratingly sketchy as written here.
June 14, 2010
I wish the movie kind of caught fire for me.
June 11, 2010
This lavish Spanish production begins to plod after a brisk, lively first half.
June 10, 2010
The biggest problem is that Gil and Amenábar haven't been able to make the script hold together and there are times, especially with the love triangle, when things veer into the cheesy.
May 28, 2010
The skeptical and the secular also need stories of martyrdom and rousing acts of cinematic preaching.
May 28, 2010
There are a few exciting battle sequences and the sets are lavish, but mostly the film meanders aimlessly for more than two hours. No wonder new sword-and-sandal movies are in short supply.
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