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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All brain, no heart."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Manages to mix philosophy, history, hysteria and a love triangle and still be something of a bore."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A humorless feminist toga epic that fascinates with its intelligence and its abhorrence of the birth of Judeo/Christian culture."
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"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."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"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."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"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."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Some may consider "Agora" sound history, others may label it heresy, but I call it thumping good drama."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Agora is intelligent, stirring and, as the cultural devastation wrought by religious zealots plays out on screen, heartbreaking."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"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)."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Earnest but dull, Agora is about the clash of science and religion, but the filmmaking elements never quite create the necessary sparks."
‑ Craig Mathieson, sbs.com.au
"Although the movie's history is spotty, its dialogue is sometimes clunky, and time frames are telescoped, its overall impact packs a powerful punch."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Filled with literal and metaphysical stone throwing between the religions, Agora is saddled with a muddy narrative and too many blokes who look alike."
‑ James Croot, Flicks.co.nz
"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."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"A flat-footed, studious stroll through what most folks would consider a long-forgotten chapter of history."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
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