Taking shots at Nicolas Cage for his poor taste in choosing movie roles is like criticizing tweens for thinking Selena Gomez is a great singer: There’s just no point. We know that for every “Leaving Las Vegas,” Cage makes five “Bangkok Dangerouses.” Consider “Season of the Witch” one of the latter. The “Season of the Witch” reviews are in, and they’re pretty biting. Is it worth spending your money on this gory, non-kid-friendly film or even trying to find the “Season of the Witch” torrent? Judge yourself from these “Season of the Witch” reviews.
New York Daily News: The real cliff-hanger, though, remains Cage’s career. How much indignity can it take? Surely he can find “Matchstick Men”-like scripts with more trickery than this, or “Adaptation”-ish roles that require comic edge. You don’t need an eye of newt and toe of frog to see that the paycheck roles aren’t paying off the way they should. (Next up: February’s “Drive Angry.”)
New Jersey Star-Ledger: Of course “Season of the Witch” is, itself, just a popcorn movie (and one overwhelmed, at the end, by too much unconvincing CGI and too many concessions to PG-13 restrictions). And for Cage, it’s clearly a paycheck picture — the sort he needs to make a lot of, these days.
Huffington Post: “Season of the Witch” genre garbage, served up with a straight face as though it means something. But all it means is that P.T. Barnum and H.L. Mencken remain inarguably correct in their assessment of the public’s gullibility and appetite.
Boston Herald: By the time they reach the monastery with their caged witch, something even more evil and rotten than the plague confronts them. Directed without a smirk by Dominic Sena (who previously teamed with Cage on “Gone in Sixty Seconds”), “Season of the Witch” earns respect simply by its earnestness and the way it leavens very gory storytelling with occasional humor and colloquial dialogue.
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