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The Magician (2010)

The Magician

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 2
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 1

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 1,371

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Movie Info

'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 … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Box Office:
$406
Runtime:
Regent Releasing - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Magician

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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

A gritty, shot-off-the cuff gem and a top prize winner in its native Australia.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Aussie New Wave sends out a very indie understated crime thriller.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2010
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
ViewLondon

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

Full Review… | May 5, 2006

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2006
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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2005
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Magician

½

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!

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Genuinly funny film with some really sharp moments. Brilliant view into the mind of a 'hitman'. Well worth a watch.

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DrLappos
Barry Lappin

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