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Magic Magic (2013)


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A vacationing insomniac loses the ability to distinguish dreams from reality while traveling the Chilean countryside with a group of adventurers that includes her best friend and an enigmatic American in this downbeat saga. Though it came to the U.S. billed as a thriller or a horror picture, Chilean director Sebastian Silva's Magic Magic is more aptly described as a dark psychological drama with tense overtones. Juno Temple stars as Alicia - an emotionally fragile young woman in her early 20s

Aug 6, 2013

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The first half of Magic Magic is greatly enjoyable: the performances are strong, the photography is crisp and immersive, and the mood is ripe and ominous.

April 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable ways people can get on one another's nerves, this psychological thriller takes its premise to surprising, darkly comic extremes ...

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a big load of much-ado-about-nothing dressed up in writer- director Sebastian Silva's arty movements.

April 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

Magic Magic's odd denouement is a dramatic curveball that smacks the viewer square in the face.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A shapeless mess.

April 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Silva, like all good film-makers, is a magician. But thanks to the last-minute fumbling, we're left with a broken spell.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Magic Magic is skewered on the horns of a dilemma, uncertain whether it's a horror film or a psychological drama -- and it doesn't work especially well as either.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

Juno Temple is sensational in this assured psychological thriller from Sebastián Silva.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Another satisfyingly nasty and well-controlled work from Silva.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

With some haunting imagery and an unusual, throbbing sense of dread throughout, this is a trippy twist on the horror trope about sadists and innocents.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Sebastián Silva's troubling psychological thriller largely eschews cabin-in-the-woods convention, and cements Juno Temple as one of the most compelling young actresses working today.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

It ebbs away at the climax, but there's 45 minutes where it sings loud and strange.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Torpid and polarising.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman

The by-the-numbers plotting is a little clunky but there's fun to be had in the cast's easy chemistry.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If you're like me and enjoy horror films that make you feel odd, unsettled and generally unpleasant, then this is one of the best feel-bad experiences you could have.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix

A misfire of epic proportions...

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A disturbing, Polanski-esque psychological horror with stunning sound design and a pair of terrific performances from Juno Temple and Michael Cera.

January 30, 2014 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Plenty of creepy atmosphere and counter-cliche left turns don't quite make up for the odd, slightly unsatisfying finale, but it's certainly an unusual ride.

November 28, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Silva's skill is allowing us to experience everything through the point of view of his protagonist, although things become tedious in the final reel

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Silva takes us by the hand and drags us into the madness as well, and it's an experience that is wholly uncomfortable.

October 5, 2013 Full Review Source:

One young woman's descent into paranoid psychosis offers much to admire but not a lot of real-person emotion to engage with; the result is a compelling but frustratingly light style-over-substance thriller.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Magic Magic

four stars...
October 7, 2013
MisterYoda ?

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A shy and emotionally fragile American girl is trapped with four strangers in a vacation home in Chile when her friend ditches her to deal with personal issues. Well acted, with a decent atmosphere of subtle paranoia; unfortunately, the script is missing the narrative hooks to draw you into its REPULSION-lite scenario.
September 20, 2013
Greg S

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meh... weird, suspensful but just when you think its about to turn, nothing happens.
September 7, 2013
Shawn Montague

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If you've seen the trailer for "Magic Magic", then you've successfully been duped. Not to say "Magic Magic" isn't an exceptional thriller with fine performances, but anyone expecting a sinister, psychological thriller where everyone is out to get the leading lady will be sadly mistaken. Juno Temple plays lead Alicia, vacationing from the States to Chile to visit her cousin Sarah (the lovely Emily Browning) and her strange group of friends, which includes a wonderfully dark comedic turn from the talented Michael Cera. Upon arrival, Sarah has to ditch Alicia for school, sending her off, alone, with her friends. Highly relatable, the audience can almost certainly relate with the awkwardness of being left alone with a group of people you barely know and in Alicia's case of being somewhat socially awkward to begin with, the tensions are high. Here's where the bait and switch happens. [And spoiler alert for anyone wanting to be completely surprised]. Instead of Sarah's friends actually being sadists like the trailer leads you to believe, Alicia is actually the afflicted one. Off her meds and insanely paranoid, the film's darkness comes from its lead, rather then the surrounding characters, which is honestly a nice change of pace. The thrilling nature of the film is brought on by Alicia's paranoia as she struggles to be alone with this group of people while they hunt birds as a game and hypnotize one another. However, without the director clearly developing a point-of-view to trust or follow, the audience is left flailing through most of the film, wondering where it is going and how we got there when it does arrive. And with a strange and anti-climatic ending to which only the close watcher is privy to, "Magic Magic" is anything but. That being said, I admire both Juno Temple and Michael Cera for carrying the film as well as director Sebastián Silva, who does establish a very eerie tone to the film, despite being fragmented and unsure of itself.
January 12, 2014

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