Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 27
  2. Negative: 16 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 6, 2011
    55
    Season of the Witch is barely even a Nicolas Cage movie. He wanders through the picture, zombified.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 10, 2011
    50
    You know I am a fan of Nic Cage and Ron Perlman. Here, like cows, they devour the scenery, regurgitate it to a second stomach found only in actors and chew it as cud. It is a noble effort, but I prefer them in their straight-through Human Centipede mode.
  3. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Jan 7, 2011
    50
    Though it slows down in the back half, the opening acts of Season are reasonably entertaining.
  4. 50
    The pretty good stuff comes early, when Nic and Ron, weary of wasting women and children, suffer an attack of conscience and desert the Crusades.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    A mishmash of horror and history genres that's not as bad as its trailers but ultimately is dragged down by, of all things, its star.
  6. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    The best thing about it is Claire Foy's performance as the seething, caged is-she-a-witch?. Foy, like a Brit Kristen Stewart, has an entrancing sparkle of disdain.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 7, 2011
    42
    It would take a lot more than holy water to rescue Season of the Witch from mediocrity.
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 7, 2011
    40
    It's "Centurion Deux" without the second-coming-of-Carpenter pretense, though you still wish the trashiness were more distinctive.
  9. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jan 6, 2011
    40
    Cage supplies energy but no depth in his portrayal of a disillusioned knight. Ditto that for Perlman, who never feels comfortable in the sidekick role so he pretty much goes through the (exaggerated) motions.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 6, 2011
    40
    The makeup department's glommed-on plague pustules are fantastic, but the concession to modern technology in a badly rendered last-act CGI demon, cut and pasted from a Diablo II screen-grab, is so eminently lame as to cure all fear of hellfire.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Jan 6, 2011
    40
    Does to the medieval era what Cage's Wicker Man did to Anthony Shaffer. Hokum and not in a good way.
  12. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 11, 2011
    38
    Cage appears as a knight of the Crusades, slogging across the continents, slaying infidels and unbelievers and anyone else who gets in his way. There isn't a minute when it looks like he's having fun.
  13. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jan 10, 2011
    38
    Season of the Witch teeters on the edge of slipping into the "so bad it's good" camp, but ultimately ends up being merely bad.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 7, 2011
    38
    A movie that appears to have been shot entirely on leftover sets from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."
  15. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Jan 7, 2011
    30
    As usual, Cage alternates between leaden line readings and thunderous outbursts, making his accomplished costars Ulrich Thomsen and Stephen Campbell Moore look even better.
  16. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 6, 2011
    30
    The entire film seems to be happening on the other side of a dirty window - good news for the dreadful computer-generated effects, if not for our eyes.
  17. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 6, 2011
    30
    Off the top of my head, I'm guessing that Season of the Witch claims a place in the top five all-time bizarre and pointless homages to art cinema.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jan 6, 2011
    30
    Season of the Witch is at its worst when it tries to be a straight-ahead action-adventure film. The early sequence set against the epic battles of the Crusades is almost brazenly bad with its unconvincing "300"-style special effects.
  19. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Jan 6, 2011
    30
    Both overblown and undercooked, Season of the Witch is a fine example of a film that would've been great fun if only its creators had a sense of humor about the wild brew of absurdity they had percolating.
  20. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jan 10, 2011
    25
    The movie proceeds in near darkness, perhaps to obscure its shoddy special effects, but the pervasive gloom is less discouraging than star Nicolas Cage's indifferent performance.
  21. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 10, 2011
    25
    The best you can say about this hooey is that at least he had the King of the Bs, Ron Perlman, along for a few sidekick laughs.
  22. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jan 10, 2011
    25
    After a while, the movie tires of the witch business and trots out a plot twist that permits the effects department to spend money. Some moviegoers might find the bait-and-switch funny.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 7, 2011
    25
    The real plague is the movie, a sci-fi hodgepodge of bad history and worse special effects.
  24. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jan 6, 2011
    25
    The film looks dispiritingly cheap and, as if in response, most of his cast seems half-committed at best, as if they're counting the moments until they can move on to a bigger picture.
  25. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 7, 2011
    20
    At least "Witch" offers Perlman's easy, early-hominid charm, and a semi-suspenseful rickety-bridge scene.
  26. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jan 11, 2011
    11
    Things do not end well, least of all for the audience.
  27. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 6, 2011
    10
    Mr. Cage's knight ends up playing second banana to a digital devil. Welcome to the January dead zone.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Jan 9, 2011
    5
    A hearty "Meh!" for this film. Look, you KNOW what you're getting into whenever you purchase tickets to a Nicholas Cage film: a high-budget, low-brainpower crapfest. I mean, I'm seriously starting to think that this man picks his scripts by throwing darts at a wall. Anyway, knowing the aforementioned full well before entering the theater, "Season of the Witch" wasn't THAT terrible. Maybe they could have shaved off 15 minutes in the middle due to a few boring scenes... But other than that, there's some entertaining, wacky, and explosive fun to be had. And the bad acting is so bad, it's good. Try to notice the completely discordant use of accents (or lack thereof) throughout the movie. For instance, Nick Cage (the most guilty actor of the bunch) has a classical English accent in some scenes, yet no accent whatsoever in others! Brilliant... In conclusion: yeah, it's a bad movie. But you KNEW that walking in the door. So have a sense of humor, and enjoy some butt-kicking crusaders take on the supernatural. Full Review »
  2. Jan 7, 2011
    8
    If you loved other classic nic cage films as Wicker Man and Ghost Rider then you will love Season of the Witch.. Ron Perlman is awesome as well and honestly if you go to movies to smell your own farts then go watch Black Swan and save some more children. Full Review »
  3. Jan 17, 2011
    10
    Incredibly cliched and incredibly enjoyable. Nic's hair is difficult to get past, as is the appalling script, but it's actually likable, with plenty of attractive locations, a great performance by the female ?witch and a buddy-movie feel between Nic Cage and Ron Perlman. It's undemanding but any film which opens with an old crone of a witch vomiting into a man's face gets my thumbs-up as a good night's mindless entertainment. Full Review »