Magic to Win
Magic to Win (2011)

When a down-on-her-luck college student inherits magical powers from her mysterious professor, she finds herself caught up in a war among wizards. Realizing she holds the only key from preventing the destruction of the universal timeline,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 9, 2011
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Mostly this is just aggravating, as the volleyball girls flap and pout, the wizards glower and prance and the film trundles from one half-hearted and predictable action sequence to another.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Impossible to dislike, difficult to remember.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Bouncy but thin Hong Kong comedy in which a college co-ed develops magical powers that place her and her friends in danger.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Yip's earlier films "Ip Man" and "Ip Man 2" also might have been wildly uneven, but at least they satisfied a basic craving for good action. "Magic to Win" turns up as a real loser.

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Peter Bradshaw

Several chaotic and dizzying plotlines finally take us to a happy ending: I'm not sure how many converts the movie is going to make.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

There's a winking, spritely nature to this ridiculous content, but it's rendered impossible to follow by a lack of meaningful relationships that might transcend the film's multiple threads.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

Its buoyancy may not redeem its predictability, but it makes the movie bearable and even enjoyable at times.

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Matthew Turner

Magic to Win has a promising start and a couple of nice ideas, but it quickly wears out its welcome thanks to dodgy special effects and a plot that basically amounts to a bunch of wizards throwing inconsequential CGI light bolts at each other.

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Flixster Audience Score: 24% Flixster User Reviews
JY Skacto
Wilson Yip's <i>Magic to Win</i> is uninspired magic. In other words, it is magic to lose.<p>For a film that leans toward the fantasy… More