Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Reviews

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April 5, 2019
The material is simply recycled. Yet Welles himself lights up the documentary. He was born to be interviewed, and it is a pleasure to watch him at different ages.
May 3, 2018
Solid, straightforward but immaculately researched, Chuck Workmans documentary is a fitting tribute to the maverick Welles. If he were alive today, hed surely raise a glass.
August 24, 2017
Magician is a good primer for those who are unfamiliar with Welles, while functioning as a greatest-hits reel for students of the man.
June 3, 2016
Magician certainly makes you want to watch all of Welles's films again, including the ones that we can't, which means it probably accomplishes its goals.
December 21, 2015
What Workman has assembled is the kind of film Welles would have been happy to part of. It's a unique, warm and fair portrait of a man who was both genius and joke and well aware of it.
December 18, 2015
I'm a pretty big Welles geek, so I enjoyed the experience anyway... but I can't imagine this will enlighten anyone who just wanders in off the street.
August 14, 2015
As a primer for newcomers to the Orson Welles universe, the superficial Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles does its job well.
July 6, 2015
An entertaining, but hardly radical, primer on Hollywood's first real auteur ...
July 5, 2015
Excerpts from unfinished films offer glimpses of what might have been, while Welles in discussion remains an unsurpassed raconteur.
July 2, 2015
Stuffed with fascinating details about the stage, radio and screen achievements of the wunderkind who never quite fulfilled his potential.
July 2, 2015
This film makes a valuable and stimulating case for brilliant Welles movies such as Chimes at Midnight and The Trial.
June 30, 2015
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 29, 2015
If director Chuck Workman maps a familiar rise and fall of rule-breaking brilliance it is vindicated by the great raconteur and in-depth praise from an impressive roster.
June 29, 2015
Magician, like Welles' least loved works, ends up as a great bunch of moments with no clear through-line.
June 13, 2015
"Magician" is a brisk documentary that dismantles many Welles myths, some of them by the great man himself - as he tells the same story three different ways in different interviews.
June 8, 2015
Magician is able to function as an instant cinema studies course on the director.
May 29, 2015
Workman has done a service in making a broadly accessible history of Welles that stands a chance of drawing younger generations of film buffs, like moths, to 'the master''s flame.
April 3, 2015
Workman manages to hold your attention, but wanes on lasting impressions.
April 2, 2015
Workman clearly reveres Welles, but he's never reverent.
April 2, 2015
A dutiful but slightly dull celebration of the multitalented impresario ...
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