Magic in the Moonlight
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 16, 2014
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While far from a failure, Magic in the Moonlight is too slight to stand with Woody Allen's finest work.

David Denby
New Yorker

It's an accomplished, stately movie -- unimpassioned but pleasing.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Largely thanks to the intoxicating scenery and the gorgeous natural-light cinematography, "Magic in the Moonlight" does weave its a spell, resurrecting the spirit of sturdier and more inventive movies by the same conjurer.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a funny romantic comedy with some feeling. It is witty, well-written, well-acted and well-directed. The characters are interesting and complicated.

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Wesley Morris

The movie's opening hour has a fascinating balance of nonsense and depth... If only Allen could keep that introspection and frippery going.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The cinematography is radiant, the vintage cars and costumes are elegant, and if the comedy feels laboured, it's all too lightweight to matter.

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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

Although somewhat disposable, [Magic in the Moonlight] stands as further proof of Allen's undiminished talent for finding new ways to say the same things.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

There's a dashed-off, shorthand quality to it, as if everyone involved is going through the motions.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There are virtually no laughs to be had in this movie, though it's dressed up as a romantic comedy. It mostly resembles an overlong lecture on the power of reason and man's need for escape.

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Jeff Beck

It may not rank in the top tier of Woody Allen's incredible filmography, but it provides just enough for a worthwhile experience that fans of his work will no doubt enjoy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The dialogue is painfully expository and it is too silly that such an egocentric rationalist would be so easily convinced without asking fundamental questions… More
Jim Hunter
A skeptical magician who specializes in disproving fake spiritualists meets a charming woman claiming to speak to the dead. Rather than a real exploration of… More
Alice Shen
A magician con artist is tasked to expose a winsome psychic, and sparks fly! Colin Firth is dashingly aloof, and Emma Stone is blissfully light, but they lack… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A Woody Allen penned and directed work, but unfortunately his age (79) is showing. While the visuals are comprehensive, the sense of the era embraced fully… More
Bathsheba Monk
Highly entertaining and beautiful. And the question of whether you can give in to "belief" over reason is very satisfyingly answered in the end.
Mark Hobin
These realizations are a complete betrayal of Colin Firth's character. That this lifelong curmudgeon would all of sudden, fall head over heals in love with… More