Agora Synopsis
A slave turns to Christianity and falls in love with philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria.
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Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Agora, Alejandro Amenábar's absorbing historical drama, proves that, in an era of movies made for iPhones with artistic ambitions to match,...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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By Michelle Orange
The film's bleak conclusion becomes unbearable in context: Hypatia's death also signals the end of women in positions of intellectual...
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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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a vivid way to contextualize Hypatia's astronomical musings, but it's kind of out there, too.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
At the very least, Agora finally gives Rachel Weisz a role that almost exactly matches her intense, humorless, but undeniable star charisma.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The result is an interesting but often frustrating effort by the director of "The Sea Inside," who proves that ambition and talent aren't...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The story's historical setting is fascinating, but the movie is populated by thin, uninvolving characters.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Agora has everything except real drama.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
There are a few exciting battle sequences and the sets are lavish, but mostly the film meanders aimlessly for more than two hours. No...
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Brilliant, historically accurate film. Exquisite.

One of the best films of the decade. Historically correct, depicts major conflicts in Alexandria, and Hypatia's struggle much like Copernicus and others to sustain learning and knowledge. Rachel...

Extremely realistic account of religious struggles in early AD Egypt

By loves_smart_movies
This movie was emotionally compelling and the scenery and cinematography were captivating. I can see why some Christians or Jews may be offended, as neither groups are portrayed as being free from...

Awesome and Excellent Movie

By luigee
Great Movie. Shows a side of history that we don't see often, yet it's worth knowing about. People with open minds should watch the movie. Those who are fixated on their christian views and don't...

Don't go!

By jangoodwin
A fascinating moment in history destroyed by overly violent, badly acted, rotten screenplay, with the exception of Rachel W. The equivalent of a spaghetti western!...

Agora--Intellectual Freedom vs Dogmatic Believe

By maolchoin
Very good movie. Anti religious fanaticism. Christians no better than pagans, Jews no better than either one. Two key lines by Hypatia: Your God is no better than his predeccsor--spoken to Christian...

* Beautiful & Poignant. Bravo! ! *

By astrobill
This movie is an amazing, under-reported, and beautifully-filmed masterpiece. It was well-acted, with strong performances by an all-around excellent cast which easily holds their own alongside Rachel...

One of a kind movie

By zerosheflies
Brings together religion, science and love. Strongest statement ever in a movie about the evils of religious power - sparing no religion - Christian, Jewish, Pagan. Very powerful....

Finally a movie worth watching

By nolongeractive
This movie puts more food in to your plate than you can consume in one meal. There are many philosophical questions that will occupy your mind after watching this movie. Although it was set in the...


By jlebold
If you love blood and gore all over the floor you'll love this. It puts Christians behaving like real thugs. Not nice!!...


By Judith Saunders
boring, badly written, poor dialogue...

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Rated R | For Some violence