The Magician Reviews

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Top Critic
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 5, 2010
The Aussie New Wave sends out a very indie understated crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
October 31, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 29, 2010
A fairly pointless and not particularly well-accomplished exercise, although Scott Ryan gives an impressive, charismatic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
October 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2010
A gritty, shot-off-the cuff gem and a top prize winner in its native Australia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 15, 2007
might almost be described as Tarantino-esque, were it not for the absence of tight plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 6, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
May 5, 2006
After pulling this rabbit out of the hat, it'll be interesting to see what Ryan's next trick will be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 10, 2006
There's nothing particularly new here, but the storytelling style makes it worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 15, 2005
Plays much longer than the 98 minute running time.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 11, 2005
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.
Robert Hanks
Independent
May 6, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
May 5, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

BBC.com
May 6, 2006
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
May 6, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
October 15, 2005
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