Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 25, 2013
The film offers all manner of mind-blowing tricks, as well as a colorful history of the evolution of magic and illusions, especially through the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 5, 2013
Jay's own personality and intellect steer the film, and he's such a finely honed performer that he easily carries it off...What we get here, simply, is time spent with Ricky Jay, and that's time well spent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
July 5, 2013
Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein's film works first and foremost as a showcase of Jay's skills, but he's also an ideal interview subject ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
A documentary portrait of the magician, author and actor who is known as one of today's preeminent practitioners of close-up magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
For heaven's sake! Another documentary I didn't know I was waiting for-and am equally glad to see.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2013
The magic in this documentary portrait of actor and stage illusionist Ricky Jay comes mainly from his fond recollections of old performers.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 30, 2013
The larger subjects, eloquently evoked, are the sources of his knowledge and inspiration, and the singular tradition within which he works and flourishes.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
May 30, 2013
Fittingly, there's a lot to try to keep track of in "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 30, 2013
The stories are amusing, but the film tells us hardly anything about who Jay is offstage. We get a guided tour of his passion, but never encounter the man himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2013
It reveals the philosophy behind Jay's art, a view of life that examines illusions from every which way, and finds meaning in the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2013
This documentary provides an elegant, enthralling peek behind the curtain and into the you-won't-trust-your-eyes world of this celebrated contemporary conjurer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 2, 2013
"Deceptive Practice" lets us peer up close at what he's doing - camera tight on the cards, Jay's sleeves pushed up - and we still don't know how he does it; for lack of a better phrase, it's like magic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 19, 2013
Aside from some references to misdirection, Jay offers no clue as to how he pulls off illusions with sleight of hand, but he performs them with such panache that you have little choice but to suspend disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 18, 2013
To be able to find, nurture and share one's passion with such unceasing enthusiasm is surely the essence of magic itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 18, 2013
In Deceptive Practices, the entertainer pays his mentors and inspirations the ultimate tribute by turning a film ostensibly about himself into one fundamentally about all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 18, 2013
He always holds a card you don't see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 17, 2013
It's magic, pure and simple.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 17, 2013
Well structured and dynamically edited, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay relies on the famed magician himself to wax autobiographical with his usual charm, humor and panache.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 17, 2013
Unsurprisingly, Mr. Jay proves a hugely entertaining guide, and as generous about his professional inspirations as he is reticent about his own life.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 17, 2013
A lot of the charm of this straight-ahead documentary comes from Jay simply holding forth on old (in many cases, centuries-old) illusionists and their work.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 16, 2013
It's a reminder that deception, in the best of cases, is a pathway to transcendence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
April 16, 2013
What sticks with you is Jay, supremely calm, his body's every stray movement natural and normal even as you come to suspect that they're anything but.