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Death Defying Acts Reviews

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August 8, 2008
It's a shame that the story itself feels like smoke and mirrors with nowhere to go, wanting to have its cake and eat it too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 8, 2008
Death Defying Acts is a hugely enjoyable, impressively directed drama with superb performances and an emotionally engaging script. Terrific final scene too. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2008
A watchable, enjoyable but fairly forgettable film, Death Defying Acts has plenty of smoke and mirrors and not quite enough magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2008
And while less magical than The Prestige, it's perfectly charming matinée fare.
August 8, 2008
A pleasant, frothy period confection that's as decorative and insubstantial as Zeta Jones's character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2008
Despite the confused tone and underwhelming romance, this pretty little picture entertains in the main thanks to the intriguing subject matter and top turns from Zeta-Jones and Ronan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 24, 2008
Perhaps the film isn't a grandiose statement of splintered lives, but it's an agreeable drama, best when it stays close to the decomposing heart of a professional liar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 11, 2008
What the film loses in momentum as the romance takes over, it gains in sex appeal as its two attractive actors make their own kind of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 11, 2008
All a 'what if' movie needs to win me over are some lush costumes and production design, a smart casting choice or two, and a really ridiculous basic idea. Death Defying Acts obliges on all fronts.
July 10, 2008
This won't be remembered as one of the prodigiously talented Armstrong's great films (My Brilliant Career, High Tide, Little Women), but it's still 90 percent better than everything else out there.
June 30, 2008
Much of the story is smoke and mirrors in terms of fact, but this is pitched more at romance fans than Houdini addicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2008
Broadly enjoyable, lovely to look at, with fine work from its lasses - but it's less than the sum of its parts.
| Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2008
In every technical department, the film is impeccable but at the core there's something rather frustrating about it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 6, 2008
Trickery, magic, guilt and love are the themes of Gillian Armstrong's intriguing film about Houdini, and the renowned escape artist's affair with a professional psychic.... Armstrong takes the material and shapes it into a splendid tale, a compelling mix
October 16, 2007
Anchored by Pearce's expectedly charismatic performance, the film generally comes off as a watchable yet entirely unexceptional effort...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2007
As a slight and visually arresting little "what if?" tale, one that centers on a pop culture icon who still fascinates us today, Death Defying Acts is a perfectly passable period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 14, 2018
Every line spoken is so austere that the characters seem like they're acting in straitjackets. But it's the audience that will be most desperate to escape.
August 8, 2008
Any magic is instantly dispelled by the dead hand of a tirelessly pouting Zeta-Jones, whose slap boasts more layers than her talent.
August 8, 2008
It's all a touch undercooked and dull.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2008
It's a movie that seems to have been lavished with care and performed with gusto, yet its tale of fakery sounds its own knell: there's not a believable moment in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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