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  • Summary: Set in a small 19th century European village on the verge of modernization, Simon Magus stars Noah Taylor as the visionary outcast who is the key to a struggle against the building a railway station.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Robert K. Elder
    75
    An engaging character study, steeped in religion, demonology and community politics.
  2. Poetic and ambiguous, it manages to be magical in both the beautiful and terrifying senses of the word.
  3. For all it's warmth and wonder, it carries little more power than a storybook fable.
  4. May be reasonably diverting, but the story never matches the movie's fantastic visual imagination.
  5. The film has a persuasive murkiness and one extended mythopoetic final sequence that's almost moving in its silence.
  6. 40
    Though Hopkins lovingly re-creates the surfaces of shtetl life, its deep spirituality seems to elude him.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2