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: July 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2014
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Critic Score: 52% 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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Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald

Cinematographer Darius Khondji lends a magic light to landscape and interior alike -- it's as pretty a movie as Allen's done in a while.

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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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J. Olson

Woody Allen devotees might appreciate the piece as a fleeting glimpse into the bizarre personal life of its creator, but mainstream audiences should pay no mind.

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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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Nick Newman
The Film Stage

With little fat on the actual narrative, Magic in the Moonlight's efficient clip evokes the better pictures of that era.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
A miss for Woody. Beautiful looking film with Colin Firth fine in the lead but the usually charming Emma Stone is completely wrong as the supposedly mystical… 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
KJ Proulx
While most of this film will just go over your head as far as caring about the deep voabulary used to explain characters, "Magic in the Moonlight" is… 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.
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