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Make Believe Reviews

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September 15, 2011
Make Believe has it all: likable "characters" we want to follow, a subject that both astounds and amazes, and a mounting sense of suspense as the competition reaches its conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 21, 2011
I would have liked to see more tricks and fewer parental interviews, but in any case, this is a reasonably appealing documentary for anyone with a special interest in the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 30, 2011
They may not possess an equal amount of talent on a magician's stage, but their commitment to their goal is no illusion.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
May 29, 2011
There's an innately human joy in bearing witness to someone doing something they deeply love, no matter the money, and also do it well -- especially if they're a youngster. And that joy is on ample display in Make Believe.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 27, 2011
Terrifically likable without trying too terribly hard.
May 27, 2011
More than satisfies with its multi-layered approach to an assortment of teenaged, wannabe magicians. One of the five best documentaries of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 27, 2011
The various sleights of hand are impressive even if we're afforded little insight into their actual execution. Still, it's fun stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2011
Watching even the most tossed-off gag is worth whatever shortcomings Make Believe has.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 13, 2011
It's easy to appreciate the drive these kids possess, but we never quite feel their burning passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2011
The young people seen here never seem artificial; you feel their passion for doing magic, as well as their nagging loneliness, devoted as they are to practicing card tricks and such for hours on end, while their peers are off doing what most teenagers do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2011
Documentary following six teenage magicians as they compete for the title of Teen World Champion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2011
This tension between self-expression and professional advancement is fascinating material, but first-time director-editor J. Clay Tweel avoids the nuance that might have brought it to life.
May 12, 2011
Magicians have a saying: "The trick is told when the trick is sold. " These kids are sold on tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 11, 2011
Make Believe pairs a newly entrenched formula with old-fashioned, artisanal illusion.
May 11, 2011
Make Believe is so irresistible because Tweel combines the kids-making-good plot line with the sheer joy of the magic show.
May 10, 2011
Make Believe eagerly (and predictably) fulfills rather than transcends the expectations of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 8, 2011
[VIDEO] "Make Believe" is a touching movie about discipline and the promise of illusion to elevate the mundane into the sublime. You'll be amazed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 5, 2011
A charming, affectionate and often elegantly executed study of teenage magicians, their craft and the social shadows they step out of when they do their stuff.
April 26, 2011
A terrific movie about teen magicians far more entertaining than any of the Harry Potter fiascoes.
July 2, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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