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: 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 Sims
The Atlantic

No kind of chemistry between the two ever arises, making their eventual romance, arrived at through pages of halting dialogue, feel particularly awkward.

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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.

Teo Bugbee
The Daily Beast

Colin Firth sulks as amiably as Emma Stone sparkles in Magic in the Moonlight, yet there is nothing enchanting about this May-December romance. Allen wags his finger at the plebeians who dare question his intentions.

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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The prolific filmmaker follows up last year's fantastic Blue Jasmine with a lackluster movie that's unfortunately not as enchanting as it sounds.

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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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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

It is a movie about mortality and, as such, offers a certain duality: resignation, on the one hand, and acceptance on the other.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The dialogue is painfully expository and it is hard to accept that such a self-centered rationalist would be this easily convinced without asking the most… 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
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
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.
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
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