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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 182
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 117

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone serves up some goofy laughs, but given its outrageous conceit, it's surprisingly safe and predictable.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 29

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone serves up some goofy laughs, but given its outrageous conceit, it's surprisingly safe and predictable.



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Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there's still

Jun 25, 2013


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This comedy about a magician who must hit bottom before rising again to the wonder of his beloved craft pulls plenty of sweet moments and a slew of laughs out of a story that might have been thin air.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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This may be the kind of semi-bad, semi-inspired comedy that could not only stand repeated viewings but perhaps improve with them.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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A generic, fitfully funny mainstream comedy that doesn't nearly get the best from its name-brand players but doesn't qualify as a desecration, either.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A veritable festival of bad toupees and repeated gags that just lie there, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'' runs a bit more than an hour and a half but seems much longer - like it had been edited down at the last minute.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn't.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" isn't incredible, but it's a nicely performed bit of programmed Hollywood hilarity.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Since every funny moment here involves cynicism, arrogance, heartlessness, and self-destruction, you never believe the movie when it's telling you how nice and contrite these characters are.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland

...a serious disappointment that squanders its setup and talented cast...

August 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A painfully tedious and unpleasant comedy completely void of any laughs.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Don Scardino's The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a middling and extremely dated comedy that only gets by because of Jim Carrey's over-the-top performance.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A slow, humdrum comedy that would have worked better as a 10-minute sketch than a feature film.

June 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

As a character, Burt Wonderstone runs counter to Steve Carell's inherent sweetness. In Carell's hands, Burt comes off as a 50-calorie Ron Burgundy. When he tightens his vocal cords to hit Ferrell's register, the strain is as visible as it is audible.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source:

If the rest of the movie had put much thought into its characters as it did into that final scene, we'd have really had something.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Hot properties John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) penned the script, and while it's another effort which lacks depth and real emotional involvement, they're certainly proving themselves as dependable, if not exceptional, talents.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

You know a director is in trouble when you can barely keep your eyes open to ogle a scantily clad Olivia Wilde.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Carrey is the movie's ace up its sleeve. He's at his frighteningly manic best. If the Academy ever considered awards for comedies released in March, Carrey certainly deserves one.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Normally, this type of comedy would be a fun, forgettable ride. But these days, it feels like a welcomed wonder.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Everything that happens after it lets its abrasive character off the hook is completely predictable, but movies with this kind of pervasive silliness don't exist for their unpredictable plot lines-in fact they rely on predictability.

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April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters

4 good jokes do not a good comedy feature film make.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

The cast members can't elevate this subpar material, although they do showcase an impressive array of sequined costumes and crazy wigs.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source:

One of the most disappointing aspects of the whole thing is that you really want to like the movie.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

A sweet film with a message of never giving up on your dreams, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" gets by on the magic of a game cast.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes

This lame comedy lacks anything resembling amusement and magic - until the final credits which involve a sight gag.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Conjures up some laughs, if nothing else

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Now you see it, and now you wish you really hadn't.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Tucson Weekly
Tucson Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn't a great film, it is though, a nice film. The idea is good, although the over the top Magician act is a little overdone, but it is the actors who make it what it is. I like each actor involved and I liked their characters. It's pretty formulaic but it's a formula that works. For now anyway, a new formula is needed sharpish.
October 15, 2013

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This movie succeeds at being the most laugh-less comedy movie I've seen in a while. How do you get together Steve Carrell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi and squander it so badly? The story is an okay setup for comedy but fails. The plot was just way too poorly constructed too create any actual interest in what's going on. It's just so stupid. Things in the past have proven that magician jokes can be funny (Arrested Development!). It's like they wrote a script and never edited past the first draft. None of the characters go through any real change unless the plot demands it. We learn absolutely nothing about Jim Carrey's character except he does some crazy stunts! (Oh man, a Criss Angel parody! How relevant!). But the worst part of all is the end. So many horrifying implications are made based off of the end. Who ever green lit that ending probably doesn't have much oxygen going to his brain. Overall- The best thing I could say about this movie is that it had potential. So it took that potential and made it disappear. Where they thought they were going with this one I'll never know. Letter Grade: D
August 5, 2013
Chris Miele

Super Reviewer

3 3/4's...Definitely for fans of Jim Carrey, and Steve Carell, of which I am. Not an Oscar winner, just pure silly enjoyment. It took a little while to get going, but once it did...well...big laughs ensued. Alan Arkin was really enjoyable in this, also...
August 5, 2013

Super Reviewer

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was not so incredible. Amiable cast, but the way Steve Carell's character is written makes him more obnoxious than anything, throwing sympathy out the door. A supporting ensemble entailing Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Alan Arkin and Olivia Wilde certainly has the foundation for a good comedy - and sure, I'll admit I chuckled in parts - but it rapidly grew boring by its pedestrian, uneven script. No magic to be found here whatsoever, except for a few of the special effects.
July 20, 2013
Mike S

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    1. Burt Wonderstone: Steve Gray Just mumbles and cuts himself. Anyone can do that! I have a niece that does that!
    – Submitted by Moe J (3 months ago)
    1. Burt Wonderstone: He put a dog in my pants. He put a live dog in my pants. No one's ever done that to me before!
    – Submitted by Scott R (4 months ago)
    1. Burt Wonderstone: I quit the business, I don't read the trades, and I'm late for my coma.
    – Submitted by Brian L (8 months ago)
    1. Steve Gray: Tada!
    – Submitted by Christine S (9 months ago)
    1. Burt Wonderstone: Ow! I hit my knee on your face!
    – Submitted by Moe J (13 months ago)
    1. Burt Wonderstone: I'm Burt Wonderstone!
    2. Anton Marvelton: And I'm Anton Marvelton!
    3. Burt Wonderstone: But, of course, you already knew that.
    – Submitted by Gavin K (13 months ago)
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