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Agora Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2010
A strikingly physical as well as thoughtful drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 22, 2010
Agora is entertaining, and even at times illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
July 7, 2010
The human story of Agora is not only smaller in scale than the sweep of geohistory but considerably less interesting.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 28, 2010
The skeptical and the secular also need stories of martyrdom and rousing acts of cinematic preaching.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 26, 2010
To its credit, the film calls out Christianity's ignominious imperialism and locates a valid historical analogue to the religious extremism of today. Yet good intentions shan't save Amenbar from his own ham-fisted methods.
May 26, 2010
It's ye olde clash of religion and science, though the real struggle is between coherence and cockamamy grandiloquence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2010
Given all the weighty colloquia, Agora has remarkably few bad laughs, and the CGI re-creations of ancient Alexandria are so detailed I wanted to freeze the frame and linger on the city's layout.
April 22, 2010
The film's portrayal of how religious fervour can interrupt the progress of secular knowledge is acute and welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 18, 2009
A great example of bravura filmmaking by a gifted young international filmmaker.
May 18, 2009
"Agora" occasionally hints at the interesting material embedded in its central conceits, but never manages to enliven it.
May 18, 2009
The mother of all secular humanists fights a losing battle against freshly minted religious zealots in "Agora," a visually imposing, high-minded epic.