• PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Don Scardino
    In Theaters:
    Mar 15, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 25, 2013
  • Warner Bros. Pictures


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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Reviews

Wesley Morris
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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.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 6, 2014
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The true comeback story in this fictional comeback story doesn't belong to a character named Burt Wonderstone, but to an actor named Jim Carrey.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 15, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 15, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 15, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 15, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York 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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 15, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn't.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 15, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" isn't incredible, but it's a nicely performed bit of programmed Hollywood hilarity.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

March 15, 2013
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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... has its share of engaging-to-great bits, including, truth to tell, one gag performed by Carrey that made me laugh louder and longer ... but it falls kind of flat as a complete moviegoing experience.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5

March 15, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's as if Carrey has been waiting, through a series of bland and corny showcases, to find a role that doesn't derail or divert his intensity, but embraces it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Burt Wonderstone is a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2013
Dana Stevens
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It's a long, limping slog from the halfway point to the finish line, even if the actors have built up enough goodwill by then that it's bearable to coast the movie out.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 14, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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No amount of smoke and mirrors can hide the burst seams, frayed wires and bad-hearted humour of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Perhaps it's a magical disappearing humor act that afflicts this throwaway.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" can't transcend the fundamental problem built into movies and television shows about magic. It isn't really magic if you're watching it second hand.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Did the producers appeal to a denominator even lower than common by making their film as dumb as possible, or did it just turn out that way?

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 14, 2013
Mark Jenkins
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There are some funny bits and characters around the edges of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but its core is empty of humor.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 14, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Calling it "The Mildly Diverting Burt Wonderstone" would have been more accurate, but how many tickets is that going to sell?

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 14, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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[It] fumbles so badly that you can almost make out the flop-sweat on its brow.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Magicians have been pulling rabbits out of hats for ages. And yet, with all this talent, no one can make a decent script materialize.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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After 100 minutes of "Burt Wonderstone's" scant laughs and missed opportunities, you wish it would just vanish down a trapdoor.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

March 14, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Occasionally amusing but instantly forgettable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 14, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Like a creaky Vegas act desperate to please, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is so eager you can't help wanting to like it. But you also can't help wondering if something better is playing in the theater next-door.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2013
James Berardinelli
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The material isn't sufficiently funny to allow me to forgive the film's feeble storyline and two-dimensional inhabitants.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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You watch it thinking that it should be smarter and funnier, but you have a pretty good time anyway.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" may be a fake, but the way it produces new amusement from old tricks is a treat.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

March 14, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The typical gags involve burnt flesh and the sight of someone pretending to crush a puppy to death. It's not a comedy; it's a wince-edy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2013
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has its cornball charm, thanks largely to the confident work of old pros Carell, Arkin, and Buscemi, but it's ultimately a big, gaudy, predictable show, strictly for the rubes and tourists.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

March 14, 2013
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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Welcome back, Hilarious Jim Carrey. We've missed you.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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Is this really what the audience wants? A deliriously unhinged setup and larger-than-life characters, abruptly devolving into a mind-numbingly familiar story with a totalitarian happy ending?

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 13, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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Always seems poised to deliver big laughs but, once the smoke and the pigeons clear, leaves you only with a mild chuckle or two.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

March 13, 2013
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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There's no question that you will laugh at times throughout "Burt Wonderstone." But if you are looking for something truly magical, you will come away disappointed.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

March 13, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Carell doesn't give us enough to root for. Burt is a jerk, pure and simple, with the charm missing. Sure, in the predictable story he slouches toward redemption, but at a certain point, it's too late to care.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 13, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Too cautious and unimaginative to bring off what a great magic trick - or comedy - should do: make us laugh out loud with surprise.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

March 13, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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After it's over, poof! You'll forget you ever watched it in the first place.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 12, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Carell again plays oblivious in the fitfully inspired magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but he doesn't play human.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 12, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Wonderstone's climax revolves around an improbable comeback trick that involves making an entire audience disappear. The movie itself should have no problem accomplishing that feat long before the end credits.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

March 12, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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In the end, there's nothing here beyond the obvious riches-to-rags, friendship-lost-and-found, celebrity-rivalry clichés.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

March 12, 2013
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Some laughter but little magic in by-the-book Las Vegas comeback tale.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 11, 2013
Joe Leydon
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Carell is at the top of his form as the self-absorbed Burt struggles to maintain his haughty sangfroid while trying to convince himself, and everyone else, that's he's still a superstar.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 11, 2013
William Goss
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One-off gags and throwaway lines muffle the creaks of a well-worn plot.

Full Review Source: Film.com

March 9, 2013
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