Magic Magic Reviews

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Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
November 7, 2014
It's refreshing to see something with a dramatic heart beating beneath its discomfiting exterior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hilary A White
Irish Independent
April 22, 2014
It's a big load of much-ado-about-nothing dressed up in writer- director Sebastian Silva's arty movements.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
April 21, 2014
Magic Magic's odd denouement is a dramatic curveball that smacks the viewer square in the face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Romney
Observer [UK]
April 20, 2014
A shapeless mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
April 18, 2014
Silva, like all good film-makers, is a magician. But thanks to the last-minute fumbling, we're left with a broken spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
April 18, 2014
Magic Magic is skewered on the horns of a dilemma, uncertain whether it's a horror film or a psychological drama -- and it doesn't work especially well as either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Calum Marsh
Little White Lies
April 17, 2014
Juno Temple is sensational in this assured psychological thriller from Sebastián Silva.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 17, 2014
Another satisfyingly nasty and well-controlled work from Silva.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lewis Bazley
Sky Movies
April 17, 2014
With some haunting imagery and an unusual, throbbing sense of dread throughout, this is a trippy twist on the horror trope about sadists and innocents.
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
April 17, 2014
Sebastián Silva's troubling psychological thriller largely eschews cabin-in-the-woods convention, and cements Juno Temple as one of the most compelling young actresses working today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 15, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
April 14, 2014
It ebbs away at the climax, but there's 45 minutes where it sings loud and strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
April 14, 2014
Torpid and polarising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
April 14, 2014
The by-the-numbers plotting is a little clunky but there's fun to be had in the cast's easy chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Haridy
March 18, 2014
If you're like me and enjoy horror films that make you feel odd, unsettled and generally unpleasant, then this is one of the best feel-bad experiences you could have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 26, 2014
A misfire of epic proportions...
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Matthew Turner
January 30, 2014
A disturbing, Polanski-esque psychological horror with stunning sound design and a pair of terrific performances from Juno Temple and Michael Cera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 28, 2013
Plenty of creepy atmosphere and counter-cliche left turns don't quite make up for the odd, slightly unsatisfying finale, but it's certainly an unusual ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 21, 2013
Silva's skill is allowing us to experience everything through the point of view of his protagonist, although things become tedious in the final reel
Travis Hopson
October 5, 2013
Silva takes us by the hand and drags us into the madness as well, and it's an experience that is wholly uncomfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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