(1999)

Critic Reviews

47

Metascore

Based on 16 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Tribune
An engaging character study, steeped in religion, demonology and community politics.
75
Boston Globe
An odd but original, at times even poetic, film about a vanished world.
67
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
For all it's warmth and wonder, it carries little more power than a storybook fable.
50
The film has a persuasive murkiness and one extended mythopoetic final sequence that's almost moving in its silence.
50
Though the film ends on a surprising and genuinely magical note, it takes its own sweet time getting there; some viewers will have lost patience before the denouement arrives.
50
Christian Science Monitor
This historical fantasy is too ambitious for its own good, but contains some striking imagery and likable performances.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
The more I think about Simon Magus, the less I'm sure what it's trying to say.
50
May be reasonably diverting, but the story never matches the movie's fantastic visual imagination.
40
Film.com
The brainchild of English director Ben Hopkins, who takes his time getting going. Too much time, really, as the first hour passes rather antsily, without quite achieving forward motion.
38
New York Post
Boring and irritating, and also mildly offensive in its ignorant depiction of both Judaism and Catholicism.

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