Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics What's this?

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria. (Newmarket Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. 75
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Natasha Senjanovic
    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.
  4. The subject is absorbing, but the lack of differentiation in dramatic levels makes the film feel longer than its 126 minutes.
  5. Reviewed by: Phil de Semlyen
    Always intelligent and thought-provoking, it's a welcome return from AmenĂ¡bar.
  6. 50
    The story's historical setting is fascinating, but the movie is populated by thin, uninvolving characters.
  7. 25
    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.

See all 21 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    I loved every minute of this wonderful movie! The fall of the Roman empire in the hands of the Christians fundamentalists was depicted with a terrific simplicity, yet with great efficiency. Alexandria, the heart of all knowledge in Antiquity, scorched like a wounded giant... One thing is true about this two hours long story, Rachel Weisz reached a high level of talent in the wondrous incarnation of Hypatia. Expand
  2. Apr 17, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A very good film that shows the greatness of Ipazia. I personally don't agree with the negative critics I read here, because I really like this movie. The only negative thing, in my opinion, is the presence of too much violent scenes. Expand
  3. Jul 3, 2011
    Great film that puts you back hundreds of years back, when the Christians weren't all that happy and nice. Weisz portrays her character extremely well and makes you really interested in what's happening. Expand
  4. DavidA.
    May 30, 2010
    A thoughtful well made movie reproducing 4th century Alexandria.
  5. Apr 29, 2012
    an interesting movie about faith and fundamentalism. i liked it because i agree with it. that is probably one's biggest reason to like the film. i also liked the characters and the science. Collapse
  6. Sep 16, 2010
    El ambicioso quinto largometraje del versátil chileno educado en España Amenábar es un sólido filme clasicista de "togas y sandalias" como ya no se quiere hacer en Hollywood. Expand
  7. Nov 17, 2010
    Hmm. This is a tough movie to critique. I love historical dramas... especially well made ones. This one falls in the middle in all respects. The acting is passable, the plot is passable and the production values are passable. The problems include that the history behind the personages and events is questionable, the script is a little corny, and the pacing is sometimes slow. The positives: The sets are impressive, the lead character who plays the woman philosopher turns in a strong performance, and you do feel sympathy for some of the characters, despite the corniness. All in all: this is a cautionary tale about religious fanaticism and for that reason alone is worth watching! Expand

See all 9 User Reviews