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Make Believe Reviews

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 27, 2011
Terrifically likable without trying too terribly hard.
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 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
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 10, 2011
Make Believe eagerly (and predictably) fulfills rather than transcends the expectations of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.