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Magic Magic Reviews

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Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

You can tell the movie is hell bent on exploring a psychological madness, but never earns its way down this road, instead choosing a series of contrived and inorganic conceits to manipulatively push her (and the audience) into a corner.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C-

August 15, 2013
Sebastian Doggart
Guardian [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

January 25, 2013
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Magic Magic is a little too reliant on the spotlight performances of Juno Temple and Michael Cera, and is definitely too light on story.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

August 12, 2013
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

Torpid and polarising.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 14, 2014
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Save for the above-average performances, it's all just so much trash.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: C-

August 27, 2013
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Worth seeing for the performances but ultimately confusion reigns.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 17, 2013
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

For viewers stuck on this island for 90 minutes with three boisterous extroverts and one semi-catatonic, semi-hysteric guest, it's like coming down with a case of both schizophrenia and high cabin fever.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.5

July 10, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A misfire of epic proportions...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: .5/4

February 26, 2014
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2014
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2014
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2013
Steve Neish
HeyUGuys

Playing on fears of isolation, medication and the unknown, Magic Magic builds an unfalteringly oppressive atmosphere that is occasionally as funny as it is frightening.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 24, 2013
Calum Marsh
Little White Lies

Juno Temple is sensational in this assured psychological thriller from Sebastián Silva.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2014
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny

A deranged, deadpan delight.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

June 24, 2013
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2014
Lewis Bazley
Sky Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

April 17, 2014
Paul Gallagher
The List

Juno Temple is excellent, raw and unpredictable as Alicia, while Michael Cera (who also executive produces) offers genuine surprise in a dark and unrestrained performance.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

June 24, 2013
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

One young woman's descent into paranoid psychosis offers much to admire but not a lot of real-person emotion to engage with; the result is a compelling but frustratingly light style-over-substance thriller.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

September 10, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush

At the screening I attended, there were audible moans and even an entreaty to "make it stop." Yeah, you've got to see this movie.

Full Review Source: ScreenCrush | Original Score: 8/10

January 30, 2013
Tim Grierson
Screen International

To be sure, the movie isn't much more than its atmosphere of clammy discomfort and a gonzo performance from Juno Temple, but those open to the experience will enjoy its gleeful strangeness.

Full Review Source: Screen International

January 24, 2013
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