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½ March 29, 2018
Rather ho hum movie and very predictable. I thought Anthony Hopkins did a good job acting and he is credited with Fat's voice so kudos there as well.
November 4, 2017
A few hiccups (like the godawful love scene) aside, a pretty fun watch.
September 25, 2017
Magic is my favorite movie ever!
½ September 22, 2017
A wonderfully droll movie with equal moments creepiness, dark comedy, and fascinating tragedy. Solid work by Anthony Hopkins, director Richard Attenborough and Burgess Meredith. I was surprised how much I like this - coming from a hater of cheap ventriloquist horror flicks.
March 22, 2017
you'll laugh out loud when FATS KILLS!
½ March 1, 2017
This movie is not that good. It is about a guy who uses his dummy to enhance his career. He becomes obsessed with the dummy afterwards and starts acting crazy. The dummy's name is "Fats" and he is adorable IMO. No dummy coming to life here just a crazy man making believe he does. A very young Anthony Hopkins in this feature.
February 28, 2017
yeah; very well done -- creepy. i wonder if this wasn't some inspiration for AHS Freakshow; reminded me a lot of NPH's character.
October 13, 2016
Despite being a damn good horror tale, it's not often discussed among the genre's die hard fans. I wonder why because it's absolutely magnificent. Corky, as portrayed by a slovenly, (intentionally) badly wigged Anthony Hopkins, is a down on his luck magician who suddenly becomes an overnight sensation when he introduces Fats, the wisecracking dummy, into his act. The dynamic duo are about to become TV superstars...but Corky, overwhelmed by this newfound success, ducks an important meeting and heads to the rural woods of upstate New York where he grew up to reunite with Peggy, the beautiful gal he ached for all his childhood, but never got the chance to romance. But as he settles in for what's supposed to be a warm, nostalgic reunion, Fats begins talking to Corky...insulting him...berating him...encouraging him to do not very nice murder!!!
Hopkins himself was about to head back to England after finding no long lasting success in the states before landing this role. It's what kept him here and would later allow him to become a true horror supervillain. Ann-Margret, who was always eager to break out of the "female Elvis" mold but was never able to during her teen idol days, delivers the goods as the unhappily married woman of Corky's dreams. And Burgess Meredith, who a year before had experienced great renewed stardom after an Academy Award-nominated performance in "Rocky," is fantastic as Corky's shrewd agent who suspects that there's more to Fats than meets the eye. Watch this whether you're a horror fan or not.
September 18, 2016
It's impossible not to love this psychological thriller. With a scary doll, and one of the best trailers ever you'll be satisfied after watching this movie. A man goes crazy all, because of the health test, witch is crazy awsome. Great music too.
½ August 23, 2016
'Magic' isn't the first horror yarn centering on a ventriloquist dummy, nor is it the best one, either. But my god, Hopkins' performance is outstanding, managing to be both menacing and sympathetic. Not to be outdone, though, is the always fabulous Burgess Meredith in a supporting role.
½ June 29, 2016
Magic was one of two movies the wife and i have viewed today. Both of which i remember seeing once when i grew up as a young kiddo. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as a magician trying to make his break into mainstream success. After failing to capture the audience on opening night he is told by his dying mentor that he needs to utilize his charm to intrigue the audiences going forward. Fast forward to a year later when we see a packed house where Corky (Hopkins) is again performing only this time we see him using a ventriloquist act using a dummy named "fatso". Both Corky's agent and a rep from NBC is there to see this and Corky's act picks up the desired attention he was looking for. When Corky's agent tells him he just needs to get a psyche and physical check Corky is adamant about not doing one which puts a hold on his plans to be a star. The movie then plogs along giving the viewer a deep look into whether or not Fatso is real or Corky is just plain mad. Watching this at 8 or 9 was scary enough, but at 45 the scares werent there except for a couple of creepy moments. Great acting by Hopkins but the movie has not held up over the years in terms of general fright.

April 26, 2016
One of the more underrated gem's of the late 70's it was ruined by it's ad campaign and not many people getting it. It's less a horror film and more a story of both loss and mental trauma. Hopkins was always a shy guy who never was loud enough on his own to get the girl or suceed in life so he had to find another way to be loud which was through the dummy. It worked, but at the cost of his sanity. He finally steps up but at what price is he willing to pay? Is it worth sacrfycing stardom over his love or mental state?

Hopkins is outstanding and gave an award worthy performance. Oscar worthy but it was a strong year so he wouldn't have won. Margret was likeable, Ed Lauter played one of his few scummy roles well, and Meredith was Meredith as badass as ever. Great score by Jerry Goldsmith and Attenbrough did a great job dirrecting.

I'd highly recomind this if you love either character stories, creepy films, or tragedies. Not a horror film but it delivers the goods.
Super Reviewer
January 3, 2016
Sir Richard Attenborough's captivating, suspenseful tale which is based upon the best selling novel by William Goldman. Sir Anthony Hopkins is absolutely mesmerizing in a virtuoso performance that truly demonstrates his extraordinary range, he plays Corky Withers, a tormented ventriloquist & magician who is completely dominated by his vicious foul-mouth dummy named 'Fats, who manipulates him into to a series of violent and deadly confrontations all leading to a shocking conclusion. Astute direction by the late Attenborough, with terrific supporting performances by Ann Margret in a fine turn as Corky's lost love Peggy Ann Snow, the late Ed Lauter is superb as her jealous husband Duke, and the late great character actor Burgess Meredith delivers an exceptional performance as Corky's agent Ben Greene, in what is unarguably his best screen performance. But its Hopkins' brilliantly sublime and intense performance that totally steals this haunting psychological thriller. Highly Recommended.
July 4, 2015
The darker side of a ventriloquist's personality is overtaken by his demented dummy while he attempts a retreat to his hometown and renews acquaintances with his high school crush. Top grade psychological thriller that is effectively creepy; I like how the ventriloquist and the dummy always dress alike.
May 6, 2015
Good thriller/horror movie. Reminiscent of Psycho and The Collector. Hopkins and Ann-Margret are very good here, it's a shame Ann-Margret got such few opportunities to be in good movies. Stunningly beautiful woman, as I've said before. Interesting early role for Hopkins.
April 3, 2015
much better than it had any right to be really enjoyed hopkins does really well
February 5, 2015
Anthony Hopkins perfectly embodies the lead character Corky, a troubled ventriloquist who's doll "Fats" has become somewhat of his second personality. While some of the first act isn't entirely engaging, the film really takes a turn for the best all the way to the end once the central story kicks in. Is Corky mentally unsound, using Fats to commit horrendous acts? Or is Fats somehow conscious and manipulating Corky? Magic is a well acted, intense, at times charming and surprisingly sympathetic underrated gem with a heartbreaking finale.
January 19, 2015
Less of a horror film and more of a psychological thriller/character study, "Magic" is an eerie excursion into the disintegrating mind of a ventriloquist madman, boasting great performances from Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, and Burgess Meredith.
January 9, 2015
A taught psychological horror from Richard Attenborough with Anthony Hopkins giving one of those performances he used to give before he became 'Anthony Hopkins' and all he had to do was turn up.
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