Agora Reviews

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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 30, 2010
It's not perfect, but it's not like any other movie in theaters now.
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 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
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.
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
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 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
We're but tiny specks in the cosmos, a point Alejandro Amenábar drives home via nigh-omnipresent powers-of-10 shots...
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 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 20, 2010
The production design and CGI are seamlessly joined and Amenabar uses some out of context, but fascinating, devices %u2013 a satellite view of the Earth centered on Alexandria (the perspective of God or gods?)
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.
July 7, 2010
Watchable, intelligent and provocative drama with a stunning central performance from Rachel Weisz...
July 4, 2010
Although the film's reception has been decidedly mixed, I am going to start thumping my tub for Rachel Weisz's inclusion in this year's Best Actress list, at the very least. She, and Amenábar's film, moved me to tears.
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