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The Magician

The Magician (2005)

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'When Melbourne hit-man Ray Shoesmith discovers that his next-door neighbor is a film student, he commissions him to document his life. The footage is to be released in the event of his early death. The focus is not on the violence, but on the conversation, the banalities and intensities of human interaction and obsessive interest in detail. We see what makes Ray tick, even as we witness his brutal efficiency. This darkly comic tale is fictional narrative, shot like a documentary. Its main

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

Mostly, however, this dreary Antipodean curiosity is a yob-filled slog of hard-man posturing, all of it bathed in an oppressive testosterone funk. And I haven't even mentioned the hairy buttocks.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A gritty, shot-off-the cuff gem and a top prize winner in its native Australia.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The Aussie New Wave sends out a very indie understated crime thriller.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

The camera has penetrated the fabric of everyday life in unsettling and insidious ways, but not quite enough to mistake the pseudo-documentary-ness of The Magician for recorded reality.

October 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A fairly pointless and not particularly well-accomplished exercise, although Scott Ryan gives an impressive, charismatic performance.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Ray is a ratty little bugger with a corner pub smile that hides secrets you're safer not knowing but can't wait to discover.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

might almost be described as Tarantino-esque, were it not for the absence of tight plotting.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Totti is either genuinely foreign and amusing or is an incredibly gifted comic actor - his innocent, matter-of-fact delivery of [some of his lines] will have you laughing for days afterwards.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

After pulling this rabbit out of the hat, it'll be interesting to see what Ryan's next trick will be.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

There's nothing particularly new here, but the storytelling style makes it worth a look.

January 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Plays much longer than the 98 minute running time.

October 15, 2005
Planet Sick-Boy

A festival favourite because it's different; it's a cheeky micro budget film which gets over all its budget limitations with the realisation of Ray's character, and its slight story convinces us that there really is more to it than we have seen.

October 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Magician

A low budget mocumentary about a hit-man, my kind of film! It?s been compared to Leon, Chopper & Man Bites Dog. Well, it?s nothing like the first two but unfortunately it?s pretty much the same story as Man Bites Dog and Man Bites Dog is much better. That aside though, this is a nice little indie that lacks in originality but makes up for it with a lot of Australian charm!
September 29, 2009
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