“"We Believe What We Want To Believe."”
“Priest....You're Gonna Burn In Hell!!”
“First, You'll See Ghost Rider And Hell-Boy Vs. A Powerful Witch. Then, It'll Be You Against Your Movie Theatre Trying To Get Your Cash Back. Good Luck. Ding! Ding! Ding!”
“Bewitched By Atrocious: Acting, Directing, And Cage's Wig”
“This Plague Has Been Brought On To Us By The Black Witch. No, More Likely A Plague Brought On By Director Dominic Sena”
“A Somewhat Entertaining Thriller That Seems Better Suited As A Made-for-TV-movie Than A Feature Film Starring Oscar Winner Nicolas Cage. None-the-less The Movie Delivers What Is Promised, A Semi-engaging Sword & Sorcery Flick With Spotty VFX At Best.”
“A Modern Iranian Adultery Trial As Imagined In The 14th Century By A Terminally Silly Dream.”
“If You Can Sit Through An Uwe Boll Movie, And Be Genuinely Entertained; Then Run, Don't Walk, To See Season Of The Witch.”
If you can sit through an Uwe Boll movie, and be genuinely entertained; then run, don't walk, to see Season of the Witch.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A 14th-century road movie with 21st-century cuss words.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
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.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
After a while, the movie tires of the witch business and trots out a plot twist that permits the effects department to spend money.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Rather than elevating this wanna-be Hammer horror flick, Cage somehow lowers its quality.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Welcome to the January dead zone.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Even the most dedicated of Nicolas Cage's fans will find little to enjoy about the historical-fantasy-action romp Season of the Witch.
Gary Dowell - Dallas Morning News
Ever since Bergman's "The Virgin Spring" was remade as "Last House on the Left," his work has suggested a rich mine for homage.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
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.
Andrew Barker - Variety
Audiences considering "Season of the Witch" should heed the timeless advice of its ancestor "Holy Grail" -- run away!
Kyle Smith - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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?
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Another movie is turned into a turkey.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
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.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A CGI freakout at the finale can't save this mundane medieval thriller about witches, devils and disillusioned knights.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Season of the Witch is as bloodless as a starved vampire. Instead of a review, it deserves a stake in the heart.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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...
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
The filmmakers try to use special effects to cover up the weaknesses of the story, but even on that point they fail pretty badly.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Not the stinker that everyone says it is, but you do have to ignore its flaws in order to be entertained.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Another forgettable trifle from Cage.
Leah Rozen - The Wrap
It's an Uwe Boll kind of film that's been directed with a certain degree of competency by previous Cage collaborator Dominic Sena.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Have low expectations for this movie and you might just be surprised.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
I may be in the minority of critics to think so, but Season Of The Witch is an enjoyable medieval thriller that's well-made in spite of some moments of silliness.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Although I will likely be disemboweled from my toes to my nose (metaphorically speaking only, I hope) for this proclamation, I didn't think Season of the Witch was all that bad!*
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Cage's disappointingly subdued performance stands as the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Guns are fun in movies, but bashing about with broadswords speaks to the 12-year-old in all of us.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Director Dominic Sena sets a quick pace; the dull moments are brightened by the unexpectedly likable team of Cage and Perlman.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Norman Wilner - Now Playing Magazine
Anti-Oscar-movie people, this one is for you.
Dave White - Movies.com
It's amazing how little entertainment value there is in watching Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play world-weary Crusaders in a movie called Season Of The Witch. Come on! It's Ghost Rider and Hellboy!
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
- Dark Horizons
- National Post
For long, long stretches, [it's] too leaden and dour to be any fun at all.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
Paul Younger - ScreenRant
Just how big was that IRS bill, anyway?
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
It's a bit cheesy but there is action and tension and strong graphic effects - and even a deadpan moment
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Avoid it -- wait for it -- like the Black Plague.
Shaun Munro - Obsessed With Film
Shaun Munro - What Culture
A Nicolas Cage movie where Nicolas Cage doesn't lose his shit. Avoid.
Gareth Simms - Platform
Spellbinding it's not.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Witch's Spell only Partially Effective
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
From script to editing, this Witch doesn't float.
James Mottram - Total Film
Nicolas Cage=Modern Day Bela Lugosi in Declining Years
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review