Agora (2010)

An Egyptian slave turns to Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his master, a philosopher and atheist.

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Noble goals and a gripping performance from Rachel Weisz can't save Agora from its muddled script, uneven acting, and choppy editing.

Brandon Judell

A humorless feminist toga epic that fascinates with its intelligence and its abhorrence of the birth of Judeo/Christian culture.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Although the movie's history is spotty, its dialogue is sometimes clunky, and time frames are telescoped, its overall impact packs a powerful punch.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Agora is intelligent, stirring and, as the cultural devastation wrought by religious zealots plays out on screen, heartbreaking.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

All brain, no heart.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Manages to mix philosophy, history, hysteria and a love triangle and still be something of a bore.

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James Croot

Filled with literal and metaphysical stone throwing between the religions, Agora is saddled with a muddy narrative and too many blokes who look alike.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Some may consider "Agora" sound history, others may label it heresy, but I call it thumping good drama.

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Simon Weaving

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A powerful and thought-provoking historical drama that makes us feel like traveling back in time with its astonishing visuals while at the same time offers us… More
Wildaly M
While this may not be a favorite among historical purists or religious people, I feel that this film was very significant for me on a personal level. I… More
Kevin M. Williams
I love Rachel Weisz, and was glad she got this opportunity to bring to light one of the truly inventive thinkers of antiquity, Hypatia, long forgotten in most… More
Cynthia S.
Historically based movie...portraying one of the last of the great philosophers holding on to her world before the new Christians plunged it into the Dark Ages,… More
Spencer S.
Yet another dramatic film that only exists as a video aid for high school teachers, "Agora" tries to bring tension to the story of Hypatia, while… More
Bruce Bruce
This is an outstanding film, my only question is what is fact and what is fiction, it seems to be a movie to show the negative side of both the Jewish religion… More