Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The villain sneers, and someone in the film- score department is banging a timpani in slow motion, meaning there's probably tragedy around the corner, but things are too earnest and sleepy to be sure."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle
"The more I think about Simon Magus, the less I'm sure what it's trying to say."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Presents a fairy-tale Eastern Europe glimpsed from far off through the telescope of melancholy nostalgia."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Full of magic and fantasy with an interesting mix of eccentric and complex characters."
‑ Sian Kirwan,
"A wonderfully intense emotional experience."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"An odd but original, at times even poetic, film about a vanished world."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"Hopkins shows masterful skill in shaping Simon's reality and unreality in this engrossing, suspenseful morality play."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"A little too proud of its own eccentricities, often at the expense of the story."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"The final montage sequence is exquisite, marking the emergence of an unusual and brilliant visual stylist."
‑ , E! Online
"A muddled work, neither truly scary nor compelling."
‑ Tor Thorsen,
"Beautifully shot and lyrically told, Simon Magus is a beguiling study in contrasts, good and evil, darkness and light, hope and despair, joy and melancholy."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Reasonably diverting, but the story never matches the movie's fantastic visual imagination."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Think of it as: "Fiddler on the Roof" as soap opera."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"A striking feature debut with a creditable stab at magical realism."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Can't decide if it wants to be a fairy tale, a parable, or magical realism."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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