Make Believe
Make Believe (2011)

A coming of age journey set in the quirky subculture of magic, "Make Believe" follows six of the world's best young magicians as they pursue the title of Teen World Champion and take us on their personal journeys of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

I would have liked to see more tricks and fewer parental interviews, but in any case, this is a reasonably appealing documentary for anyone with a special interest in the subject.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The young people seen here never seem artificial; you feel their passion for doing magic, as well as their nagging loneliness, devoted as they are to practicing card tricks and such for hours on end, while their peers are off doing what most teenagers do.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Make Believe has it all: likable "characters" we want to follow, a subject that both astounds and amazes, and a mounting sense of suspense as the competition reaches its conclusion.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Terrifically likable without trying too terribly hard.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This tension between self-expression and professional advancement is fascinating material, but first-time director-editor J. Clay Tweel avoids the nuance that might have brought it to life.

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Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com

They may not possess an equal amount of talent on a magician's stage, but their commitment to their goal is no illusion.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The various sleights of hand are impressive even if we're afforded little insight into their actual execution. Still, it's fun stuff.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Magicians have a saying: "The trick is told when the trick is sold. " These kids are sold on tricks.

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com

There's an innately human joy in bearing witness to someone doing something they deeply love, no matter the money, and also do it well -- especially if they're a youngster. And that joy is on ample display in Make Believe.

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