Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 27
  2. Negative: 16 out of 27
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  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: 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.
  10. 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.
  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.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
  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,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 asIf 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, withIncredibly 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 »