Magic Magic


Magic Magic (2013)



Critic 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

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (4)

Another satisfyingly nasty and well-controlled work from Silva.

Apr 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The first half of Magic Magic is greatly enjoyable: the performances are strong, the photography is crisp and immersive, and the mood is ripe and ominous.

Apr 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable ways people can get on one another's nerves, this psychological thriller takes its premise to surprising, darkly comic extremes ...

Jan 29, 2013 | Full Review…
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The script unsettles, but never scares, so it doesn't work as a horror film. It's also not a convincing chronicle of deteriorating mental illness.

Jan 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Magic Magic is a complex film. While not much happens in the plot, it is clear that the film has a lot to say.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

It's refreshing to see something with a dramatic heart beating beneath its discomfiting exterior.

Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Magic Magic

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

four stars...

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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A shy and emotionally fragile American girl is trapped with four strangers in a vacation home in Chile when her friend ditches her to deal with personal issues. Well acted, with a decent atmosphere of subtle paranoia; unfortunately, the script is missing the narrative hooks to draw you into its REPULSION-lite scenario.

Greg S
Greg S

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