Magic Magic

2013

Magic Magic

Critics Consensus

Magic Magic finds writer-director Sebastián Silva in familiar risk-taking form, ably abetted by Juno Temple and a smartly assembled ensemble cast.

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A vacationing insomniac loses the ability to distinguish dreams from reality while traveling the Chilean countryside with a group of adventurers that includes her best friend and an enigmatic American in this downbeat saga. Though it came to the U.S. billed as a thriller or a horror picture, Chilean director Sebastian Silva's Magic Magic is more aptly described as a dark psychological drama with tense overtones. Juno Temple stars as Alicia - an emotionally fragile young woman in her early 20s with a murky history. She joins her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning), Sarah's boyfriend Agustín (Agustín Silva), the couple's eccentric friend Brink (Michael Cera) and Agustín's sister Barbara (Catalina Sandina Moreno) for a retreat in the countryside, but from the beginning, things don't go as planned. In the days that follow, more tension erupts between Alicia and the other members of the group, particularly Brink, who displays extreme anti-social tendencies and grows fond of malevolently pushing the girl's buttons. After Sarah returns, all hell threatens to break loose: Alicia is accosted by a local dog that attempts to copulate with her leg; Brink and Agustín play a dangerous game that threatens to cause Alicia grave physical harm, and it becomes increasingly apparent, throughout, that Alicia is now teetering on the brink of a full-scale mental breakdown, which terrifies the others. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Magic Magic

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Audience Reviews for Magic Magic

  • Sep 17, 2017
    The title here is what I quibble against, leading unsuspecting audience-types like myself to suspect supernatural elements in this story when in truth there are none. THERE ARE NONE. A young woman on vacation loses her true north and the people with her wonder what to do about it. Annnnd ... roll credits. "What?! That's it?!" Yep. That's it.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2016
    I think this is marketed badly. It's not a thriller at all - it's about mental illness. Juno temple and Emily Browning do well here. The rest of the cast are irritating. The movie moves slowly and the ending isn't really what you would want to see either. I liked it, but it's not entirely engaging and I wouldn't watch it again.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2014
    Well directed, very unsettling and deliberately paced.
    Hayden B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2014
    Boring psychological thriller. When Two female friends go travelling one of them has to leave randomly and leaves her friend, Alicia, with two strange blokes and a woman. Feeling alone, frightened and paranoid, Alicia starts acting strangely to those around her as she starts hearing and seeing things and as time progresses her fears and behaviour get worse. The problem with Magic Magic is it doesn't really go anywhere or say anything. Why is Alicia acting like that? What's the story with her best mate leaving her?(that's quietly explained but could've been developed further) and what's with Michael Cera's character? There are just to many unanswered questions and it's not weird in a cool way like Donnie Darko or something, it's weird in an annoying way, like you keep hoping and waiting for something big to happen but it never does. It's saving grace, however, is Juno Temple who plays Alicia. After seeing her in Killer Joe I thought she's do a good job and I was right and this is mainly a chance for her to show off her acting skills and proves she can do "descent into madness" very well! So Juno Temple's performance aside, an annoyingly weird, disappointing film.
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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