Desperate Acts Of Magic
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gold's conventional script is enlivened by engaging performances, authentic tricks and amusing noir-parody touches as it delves into the often unsavory institutional politics of the magic industry."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Desperate Acts of Magic is a pleasant little film."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice
"Low-key, low-budget but highly likeable comedy about magicians in all their trickery."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Tthe actors are better at making coins disappear than emoting, though brassy blond Dillman is as lively as a hat full of rabbits."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times
"The magic is all on the stage is this lightweight review of catchy illusion."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"It gives off the alienating feel of an inside joke that you miss in the off chance you're not part of the professional magic business."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"The story has a few convolutions too many, but a generous sprinkling of tricks and illusions will appeal to fans of magic."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Does for the world of magic what "The Wrestler" did for another profession based on illusion. Much better than "The Prestige" even though with a more modest provenance."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"What makes this film impressive is an unending parade of magic tricks performed by experts and filmed without editing tricks or special effects."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
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