The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Log in with Facebook
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Already have an account? Log in here
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
Tomatometer Not Available...
No consensus yet.
There are no critic reviews yet for Houdini. Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates!
The illusionist Harry Houdini and his wife and stage partner take the magic world by storm.
From the opening credits, it's obvious that this film is a mash-up of period scenes and modern music and jump-cuts. Sometimes it works, as in Houdini's jump off a bridge, and sometimes it's ridiculous, as in the several times that Houdini gets punched in the gut. More modern interference comes from the neo-Freudian voice-overs, which are tell instead of show and so drenched in pop psychoanalytics that the film seems like a boring essay with a hip soundtrack.
Adrien Brody is fine as Houdini; Brody makes a believable magician, but some of Houdini's marital scenes are forced. Evan Jones is discount James LeGros, and Kristen Connolly is nagging wife.
Overall, I'm starting to think that broad biopics are less successful than biopics that center on specific event that stands in for the rest of the protagonist's life.
There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.
200 Essential Movies
Chosen by RT staff!
200 Freshest Movies
The best-reviewed since 1998
30 Great Scenes
30 great scenes in Rotten movies
Best of Netflix
Movies and shows to binge now
More News & Features