Magic Magic
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A vacationing insomniac loses the ability to distinguish dreams from reality while traveling the Chilean countryside with a group of adventurers that includes her best friend and an enigmatic American in this downbeat saga. Though it came to the U.S. billed as a thriller or a horror picture, Chilean director Sebastian Silva's Magic Magic is more aptly described as a dark psychological drama with tense overtones. Juno Temple stars as Alicia - an emotionally fragile young woman in her early 20s with a murky history. She joins her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning), Sarah's boyfriend Agustín… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The first half of Magic Magic is greatly enjoyable: the performances are strong, the photography is crisp and immersive, and the mood is ripe and ominous."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Magic Magic's odd denouement is a dramatic curveball that smacks the viewer square in the face."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Magic Magic is skewered on the horns of a dilemma, uncertain whether it's a horror film or a psychological drama -- and it doesn't work especially well as either."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"With some haunting imagery and an unusual, throbbing sense of dread throughout, this is a trippy twist on the horror trope about sadists and innocents."
‑ Lewis Bazley, Sky Movies
"Torpid and polarising."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable ways people can get on one another's nerves, this psychological thriller takes its premise to surprising, darkly comic extremes ..."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"A shapeless mess."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"Juno Temple is sensational in this assured psychological thriller from Sebastián Silva."
‑ Calum Marsh, Little White Lies
"Sebastián Silva's troubling psychological thriller largely eschews cabin-in-the-woods convention, and cements Juno Temple as one of the most compelling young actresses working today."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy
"The by-the-numbers plotting is a little clunky but there's fun to be had in the cast's easy chemistry."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"It's a big load of much-ado-about-nothing dressed up in writer- director Sebastian Silva's arty movements."
‑ Hilary A White, Irish Independent
"Silva, like all good film-makers, is a magician. But thanks to the last-minute fumbling, we're left with a broken spell."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Another satisfyingly nasty and well-controlled work from Silva."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It ebbs away at the climax, but there's 45 minutes where it sings loud and strange."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"If you're like me and enjoy horror films that make you feel odd, unsettled and generally unpleasant, then this is one of the best feel-bad experiences you could have."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
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