Magic to Win (2011)

Magic to Win

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Movie Info

When a down-on-her-luck college student inherits magical powers from her mysterious professor, she finds herself caught up in a war among wizards. Realizing she holds the only key from preventing the destruction of the universal timeline, she joins forces with other keepers of ancient magic in an attempt to save the world. -- (C) China Lion

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Chan Tai Lee, Edmond Wong, Cheng Ching-feng
In Theaters:
Box Office: $5.1k
Runtime:
China Lion Films

Cast


as Professor Kang

as Ling Feng

as Bi Ye Wu

as Liu Li Hua

as Liu Li Hua

as Macy Cheng

as Charlie

as Gu Xin Yue
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Critic Reviews for Magic to Win

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Mostly this is just aggravating, as the volleyball girls flap and pout, the wizards glower and prance and the film trundles from one half-hearted and predictable action sequence to another.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Yip's earlier films "Ip Man" and "Ip Man 2" also might have been wildly uneven, but at least they satisfied a basic craving for good action. "Magic to Win" turns up as a real loser.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Its buoyancy may not redeem its predictability, but it makes the movie bearable and even enjoyable at times.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Impossible to dislike, difficult to remember.

Full Review… | December 18, 2011
Observer [UK]

Several chaotic and dizzying plotlines finally take us to a happy ending: I'm not sure how many converts the movie is going to make.

Full Review… | December 15, 2011
Guardian

Magic to Win has a promising start and a couple of nice ideas, but it quickly wears out its welcome thanks to dodgy special effects and a plot that basically amounts to a bunch of wizards throwing inconsequential CGI light bolts at each other.

Full Review… | December 14, 2011
ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Magic to Win

Wilson Yip's Magic to Win is uninspired magic. In other words, it is magic to lose.For a film that leans toward the fantasy genre, its concepts behind the plot are of more than an acceptable caliber. It is when spanning nearly a 100 minutes that this picture fails. The lack of detailed explanations don't help, and the humor, if there is any, do not generate any chuckles. Magic to Win sort of meanders its way to a climax that is difficult to consider eventful.The CG is colorful and pretty good, considering the rest of this film. There are some nice ideas behind the magical confrontations, although they never reach their full potential. All in all, the magic stands out as a highlight.Newcomer Karena Ng takes the lead role, only to be thrown in the background for the film's finale and overshadowed by Raymond Wong, who does the best job out of everyone in this film. Louis Koo and Wu Jing are well underdeveloped and underutilized and Wu Chun ends up lost in the shuffle.Magic to Win isn't a complete let down, but the disappointments still outweigh the positives.

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