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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)

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Critic Consensus: It may not quite live up to the superlative in its title, but Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles serves as a passable primer for those seeking an introduction to the legendary filmmaker.

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. North American Premiere at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival. (C) Cohen Media

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If you're a budding film student or a newly-minted cineaste looking for a quick and easy brush-up on the all-time great American director, Magician will serve perfectly well.

June 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Workman clearly reveres Welles, but he's never reverent.

April 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A dutiful but slightly dull celebration of the multitalented impresario ...

April 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If you have more time and want to get into Welles on your own, an afternoon watching YouTube videos followed by a few evenings of watching his best movies might be even better.

March 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a fine introduction, if a bit slight for fans craving new insights.

December 31, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Whatever its shortcomings, "Magician" accomplishes quite a bit as a corrective, and it also gives one an hour and a half in the company of Orson Welles.

December 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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