Agora

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Released 2009

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Director:
Alejandro Amenabar
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Set in ancient Egypt under Roman rule, AGORA follows the brilliant and beautiful astronomer Hypatia (Weisz) who leads a group of disciples fighting to save the wisdom of the Ancient World, as violent religious upheaval spills into the streets of Alexandria. Among these disciples are two men competing for her heart: the witty, privileged Orestes (Isaac) and Davus (Minghella), Hypatia's young slave, who is torn between his secret love for her and the freedom he knows can be his if he chooses to join the unstoppable surge of the Christians.

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    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 ...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The mother of all secular humanists fights a losing battle against freshly minted religious zealots in Agora, a visually imposing, high-minded epic that ambitiously puts one of the...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Michael Ordona

    The subject is absorbing, but the lack of differentiation in dramatic levels makes the film feel longer than its 126 minutes.

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