Simon Magus
Simon Magus (2001)

Simon Magus is a mystic who is hired by the Paris police to help them find a killer. In the process, he meets a spiritual French woman with whom he falls in love.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This debut film of Ben Hopkins' effectively evokes an atmosphere of magic and mysticism.

Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The more I think about Simon Magus, the less I'm sure what it's trying to say.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Presents a fairy-tale Eastern Europe glimpsed from far off through the telescope of melancholy nostalgia.

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Loren King
Boston Globe

An odd but original, at times even poetic, film about a vanished world.

Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Hopkins shows masterful skill in shaping Simon's reality and unreality in this engrossing, suspenseful morality play.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

A little too proud of its own eccentricities, often at the expense of the story.

David Germain
Associated Press

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Reasonably diverting, but the story never matches the movie's fantastic visual imagination.

Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Think of it as: "Fiddler on the Roof" as soap opera.

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