Magic Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
In adapting his own best-seller, William Goldman has opted for an atmospheric thriller, a mood director Richard Attenborough fleshes out to its fullest.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 8, 2007
Magic has few scary moments and is really a rather maudlin examination of a nervous breakdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 9, 2006
It makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
June 21, 2006
Because of Hopkins, because of Ann-Margret (who hardly looks like that Ann-Margret, adeptly proving herself as an occasional dramatic actress), and because of Burgess Meredith as well as Fats the dummy, "Magic" is one of the top-notch films of the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 9, 2006
Odd combo, but it's creepy and generally works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
March 15, 2006
A very well-crafted suspense-thriller that unfolds with one dramatically tense scene after another. Hopkins is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 7, 2005
Very likely to produce nightmares.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
June 12, 2005
Still creepy story of Hopkins and his psychotic dummy.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 18, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2003
Good cast can't keep this thriller afloat.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
November 5, 2003
It's no dummy!
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
Film4
May 24, 2003
Although it's well-handled by Attenborough and features decent supporting turns from Ann-Margret and Ed Lauter, the key source of Magic's terror is the fact that ventriloquists' dummies are and always will be disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A hammed-up version of the old chestnut about the ventriloquist who is 'taken over' by his dummy, clumsily adapted by William Goldman from his own novel.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Magic is neither eerie nor effective. It is, however, very heavy of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 8, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 7, 2011
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