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Season of the Witch Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

Possessed by dumbness. Read full review

1.5

Jen Yamato Profile

A moronic medieval mash-up. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    28

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Cage's knight ends up playing second banana to a digital devil. Welcome to the January dead zone.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Dull fantasy mixes violence, questions of spirituality.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Nicolas Cage adventure/fantasy -- which has both horror and action elements -- has plenty of fighting and violence, including violence toward women, some scary stuff, and horrific images of Black Plague victims. There's also a little language (including one use of "s--t") and minor nudity and drinking. Although overall it's not a particularly good movie, it does have some interesting, even educational facets -- including details about the Black Plague and the witch trials of the 14th century. (It's worth noting that this film has nothing to do with George A. Romero's 1973 movie Season of the Witch.)

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it affect you? How does it compare to other violent movies you've seen?
  • The main character quits the Crusades because he comes to believe that killing in the name of God is wrong, but in doing so he becomes an outcast. Is he a hero or an anti-hero?
  • Do you think the movie offers an accurate portrayal of witch trials in the 14th century? What about the Black Plague? How could you find out more about both?
  • Is the movie scary? What makes it so?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie has negative things to say about churches -- i.e. that they willfully murder entire armies in the name of God. The hero quits this service to live what is portrayed as a more spiritual life, one in which he can consider God's more forgiving side. He works hard to overcome the sins of his past. He slips from time to time, but his path is overall a good one.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: After deciding during the Crusades that killing people may not actually be what God has in mind, Behmen quits and becomes an outsider. But in doing so, he routinely considers the spiritual weight in everything he does. He sometimes slips, but he's always trying to correct the mistakes of his past.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Heavy fantasy violence, with scary images of demons, witches, zombies, and possessed wolves. Also swordfighting and some blood, with lots of dead bodies. Violence is committed against women, including beating and hanging. The movie takes place during the Black Plague, and there are several horrific victims covered with terrible sores.

  • sex false1

    Sex: A young woman is seen lying on the floor, naked, but no sensitive body parts are shown. The heroes are briefly seen celebrating in a tavern, with wenches sitting on their laps.

  • language false2

    Language: One use of "s--t." Other words include "piss," "bitch" "ass," "damn," and "hell."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character carries a flask and drinks from time to time. One quick shot of the two heroes celebrating, drinking in a tavern after a battle.

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