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Agora

Rated R for some violence.

R In Theaters 06/4/2010 , 126min.
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Viewer score based on 13 ratings
55%
Critic score based on 21 reviews

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March 12, 2012
jkr5182853
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
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
July 01, 2010
slavikreview
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
June 27, 2009
FEWLSCREEN
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

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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. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
A bit of a puzzle. This is a good thing, since most movies plop down in easily recognizable categories and stay there, troubling neither their own intellectual inertia nor that of the audience. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Agora, Alejandro Amenbar'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. Full Review
Dana Stevens
Slate
Like "Spartacus," this movie is engaging because it's actually about something: the love of learning, the clash between science and religious faith, and the grim fact that political change often proceeds on the foundation of mob violence and genocide. Agora engages more effectively with this kind of big historical idea than it does with human drama. Full Review
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
Weisz is an excellent Hypatia. For all her intelligence, there's something childish, off-kilter, vaguely otherworldly in her aura. She's just the type to be gazing into the heavens while around her all hell breaks loose. Full Review

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