'Season of the Witch' Critic Reviews

59%
MovieWeb:   8 reviews
10%
Rotten Tomatoes:   118 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    60
    If you can sit through an Uwe Boll movie, and be genuinely entertained; then run, don't walk, to see Season of the Witch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    It's got videogame-from-hell F/X, plus jousting, plus Cage in tangled long hair he seems to have mistakenly put in the washing machine.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    A 14th-century road movie with 21st-century cuss words.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It's entertaining in a cheerfully ridiculous way, though Cage fans will be disappointed that he does not really lose his rag, despite some serious provocation from the Lord of Darkness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    Rather than elevating this wanna-be Hammer horror flick, Cage somehow lowers its quality.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Welcome to the January dead zone.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Dowell Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    Even the most dedicated of Nicolas Cage's fans will find little to enjoy about the historical-fantasy-action romp Season of the Witch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Ever since Bergman's "The Virgin Spring" was remade as "Last House on the Left," his work has suggested a rich mine for homage.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Cage alternates between leaden line readings and thunderous outbursts, making his accomplished costars Ulrich Thomsen and Stephen Campbell Moore look even better. But the movie's worst aspect is the CGI, which packs no scares whatsoever.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Audiences considering "Season of the Witch" should heed the timeless advice of its ancestor "Holy Grail" -- run away!
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    25
    Cage's old pal Dominic Sena is a decade removed from their "Gone in 60 Seconds" directing glory, and he gets nothing out of this script that isn't pure hokum.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    Did either Cage or Sena even bother reading Bragi F. Schut's patchwork script, before adjusting the wig, flicking on the camera and cashing the pay cheques?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Another movie is turned into a turkey.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    Cage is effective as a falling down drunk in Las Vegas or a treasure hunter navigating goofy road trips but not as a disillusioned champion of the Church going one-on-one with a demon. Steven Seagal would have been more believable.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A CGI freakout at the finale can't save this mundane medieval thriller about witches, devils and disillusioned knights.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    It takes place during the 14th century, but everyone speaks in contemporary language, which might have been acceptable if the dialogue were clever or intelligent or funny or, you know, good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    25
    Season of the Witch is as bloodless as a starved vampire. Instead of a review, it deserves a stake in the heart.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    20
    Directed by the perennially hollow Dominic Sena from a script by Bragi Schut, "Season of the Witch" is all seams. It never balances out its competing desires...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    38
    The filmmakers try to use special effects to cover up the weaknesses of the story, but even on that point they fail pretty badly.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    60
    Not the stinker that everyone says it is, but you do have to ignore its flaws in order to be entertained.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leah Rozen The Wrap
    Another forgettable trifle from Cage.
    Full Review » 3 years ago