Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Reviews

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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 ...
March 13, 2015
For newcomers eager to learn more about this all-time great filmmaker, it's a good place to start.
March 12, 2015
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.
January 10, 2015
A brisk, thoroughly entertaining overview of a life and career that film buffs already know by heart.
December 31, 2014
It's a fine introduction, if a bit slight for fans craving new insights.
December 19, 2014
For all of its, um, workmanlike assembly, Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles is textbook. And given its charismatic subject, that's a real shame.
December 12, 2014
Anyone expecting a bracing vision about Orson Welles' life's work or a critique of that output will be disappointed.
December 12, 2014
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 11, 2014
A completely straightforward, wholly cookie cutter primer on an iconoclast who forged new forms of art. Does that make it unnecessary? Not at all.
December 10, 2014
If one has a need for another documentary on Orson Welles - there are already several on DVDs of his films - montage master Chuck Workman's footage-filled movie will ably fit the bill.
December 10, 2014
If this documentary is swift and witty, that's in part because it relies heavily on clips of Orson Welles talking. And oh, how Welles could talk ...
December 10, 2014
Lush-looking film clips energize this biographical profile of cinema's great enfant terrible, even if fresh insights remain elusive.
December 10, 2014
Workman has made a brisk, entertaining film, but there's material for whole documentaries in any given five-minute stretch of Magician.
December 10, 2014 absorbing, riveting look at a complex man who has become a Hollywood legend.
December 10, 2014
Workman's movie is low on new or lasting insight. It even pads with moments from more recent biopics ("RKO 281," "Me and Orson Welles"), and often leaves interview excerpts - from the living and the long-deceased - feeling too abbreviated.
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