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R| 2 hr. 6 min.

Plot Summary
In the 4th century A.D., astronomer and philosopher Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) teaches her scientific beliefs to a class of male students. Among them is lovestruck slave Davus (Max Minghella), the equally smitten Orestes (Oscar Isaac) and young Christian man Synesius (Rupert Evans). Hypatia dismisses all of their advances, but this romantic drama pales in comparison to a rising battle between Christians and pagans on the streets of soon-to-be war-torn Alexandria.

Cast: Rachel Weisz , Max Minghella , Oscar Isaac , Ashraf Barhom , Michael Lonsdale , Rupert Evans , Richard Durden , Sami Samir

Director: Alejandro Amenábar

Genres: Adventure, Romance, Historical drama

Agora (2009)

Release Date: June 4th, 2010|2 hr. 6 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is 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. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's a vivid way to contextualize Hypatia's astronomical musings, but it's kind of out there, too. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It is a pleasure to see Weisz's scenes of scientific inquiry, which capture the passion of research and discovery without artifice or pretension. That the scientist is a woman makes it all the more engaging. show more

  • March 12, 2012 jkr5182853
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    highly questionable as to historical accuracy Did not like white printing on white background at critical points. Seemed to be too much \"Slash and burn\" as well much jumping around between scenes. Cannot imagine that the architectural and sculputural backgrounds are accurate but I do not have expertise to make definitive judment.

  • October 18, 2010 pyromniac899
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    This movie may deal with issues of our current time, however, this is not a realistic representation of history. Christians were the minority in Egypt at the time. Agora skews history to show that Christians were persecuting science itself, when in actuality, Cyril was attacking astrology and not astronomy. Furthermore, nowhere in history does Cyril regard women as being inferior. The majority of Agora is pure fiction with bits of history scattered throughout. See http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/02/historical-inaccuracies-of-movie-agora.html All references are listed and are valid, see for yourselves.

  • July 01, 2010 slavikreview
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    This historical epic deals with several very important issues of our era such as religion-fueled violence, suppression of science, gender-related discrimination and cruel injustice. Its central character, a woman named Hypatia, brilliantly portrayed by Rachel Weisz, is a great philosopher, scientist, peace-maker and teacher whose enlightened quest for knowledge and justice made her a victim of the ambitious, cruel, power hungry self-proclaimed religious and political leaders who ruled with the sword of darkness over the masses of uneducated civilians. “Agora” is a timeless masterpiece and a must see for certain! www.slavikmilbe

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