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  • 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

  • 70
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    The film's bleak conclusion becomes unbearable in context: Hypatia's death also signals the end of women in positions of intellectual prominence and the beginning of a period known -- not coincidentally -- as the Dark Ages. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a movie about ideas, a drama based on the ancient war between science and superstition. At its center is a woman who in the fourth century A.D. was a scientist, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer and teacher, respected in Egypt, although women were not expected to be any of those things. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Agora, Alejandro Amenábar'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. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    At the very least, Agora finally gives Rachel Weisz a role that almost exactly matches her intense, humorless, but undeniable star charisma. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Agora has everything except real drama. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The story's historical setting is fascinating, but the movie is populated by thin, uninvolving characters. show more

  • 25
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    There are a few exciting battle sequences and the sets are lavish, but mostly the film meanders aimlessly for more than two hours. No wonder new sword-and-sandal movies are in short supply. 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

  • June 27, 2009 FEWLSCREEN
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    The posted synopsis get the movie backwards. The main character is not the slave, but rather the fourth century AD female scholar, philosopher and teacher; Hypatia, who lived in Alexandria during the Roman Empire. This teacher seeks to preserve knowledge. See this site for a better idea of the film: http://passionateabouthistory.blo- gspot.com/2009/05/film-agora-profis-female.html. The film got rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival! A must see!!

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