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.
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.
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.
August 26, 2010
Just preaching to the choir - even a secular choir - isn't enough.
August 13, 2010
Manages to mix philosophy, history, hysteria and a love triangle and still be something of a bore.
August 11, 2010
Despite the bloodthirstiness of the Christian mob there's a surprising lack of dramatic tension.
August 7, 2010
All of the ideas and themes it puts forth are fascinating and could be quite enlightening for the modern age, if the film they were attached to was even a tiny bit fun to watch.
July 26, 2010
Despite the open-air connotation of the title, there's a curiously constricted, even suffocating quality to 'Agora' that leaves it...a chore to sit through.
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
This Agora is an expensive-looking update on an old De Mille-style extravaganza. It has many new and provocative ideas, certainly, but the same British accents and the same stodgy execution.
July 21, 2010
Weisz's yeoman efforts aside, Amenábar's sweepingly ambitious film never quite figures out how to do justice to its intriguing central figure. It's a story worth telling that could probably stand another try.
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 24, 2010
The balance tilts away from characters and mystery toward messages.
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.
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