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Make Believe (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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A coming of age journey set in the quirky subculture of magic, "Make Believe" follows six of the world's best young magicians as they pursue the title of Teen World Champion and take us on their personal journeys of transformation through magic. The film travels from back rooms of the world famous Magic Castle in the Hollywood Hills to the most important international magic competition, the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, as the teens face the mounting pressure to win the competition and move

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Cleven S. Loham

Sep 20, 2011

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I would have liked to see more tricks and fewer parental interviews, but in any case, this is a reasonably appealing documentary for anyone with a special interest in the subject.

July 21, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Terrifically likable without trying too terribly hard.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The various sleights of hand are impressive even if we're afforded little insight into their actual execution. Still, it's fun stuff.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The young people seen here never seem artificial; you feel their passion for doing magic, as well as their nagging loneliness, devoted as they are to practicing card tricks and such for hours on end, while their peers are off doing what most teenagers do.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This tension between self-expression and professional advancement is fascinating material, but first-time director-editor J. Clay Tweel avoids the nuance that might have brought it to life.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Magicians have a saying: "The trick is told when the trick is sold. " These kids are sold on tricks.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Make Believe has it all: likable "characters" we want to follow, a subject that both astounds and amazes, and a mounting sense of suspense as the competition reaches its conclusion.

September 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

They may not possess an equal amount of talent on a magician's stage, but their commitment to their goal is no illusion.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

There's an innately human joy in bearing witness to someone doing something they deeply love, no matter the money, and also do it well -- especially if they're a youngster. And that joy is on ample display in Make Believe.

May 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

More than satisfies with its multi-layered approach to an assortment of teenaged, wannabe magicians. One of the five best documentaries of 2011.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Watching even the most tossed-off gag is worth whatever shortcomings Make Believe has.

May 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's easy to appreciate the drive these kids possess, but we never quite feel their burning passion.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Documentary following six teenage magicians as they compete for the title of Teen World Champion.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Make Believe is so irresistible because Tweel combines the kids-making-good plot line with the sheer joy of the magic show.

May 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

[VIDEO] "Make Believe" is a touching movie about discipline and the promise of illusion to elevate the mundane into the sublime. You'll be amazed.

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A terrific movie about teen magicians far more entertaining than any of the Harry Potter fiascoes.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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