Now You See Me (2013)



Critic Consensus: Now You See Me's thinly sketched characters and scattered plot rely on sleight of hand from the director to distract audiences.

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NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen", a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. "The Four Horsemen" pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. (c) Summit/Lionsgate
PG-13 (for language, some action and sexual content)
Mystery & Suspense
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Jesse Eisenberg
as J. Daniel Atlas
Dave Franco
as Jack Wilder
Morgan Freeman
as Thaddeus Bradley
Mark Ruffalo
as Dylan Rhodes
Woody Harrelson
as Merritt McKinney
Isla Fisher
as Henley Reeves
Michael Caine
as Arthur Tressler
Michael Kelly
as Agent Fuller
Mélanie Laurent
as Alma Dray
as Evans
José Garcia
as Etienne Forcier
Caitriona Balfe
as Jasmine Tressler
Stephanie Honoré
as Atlas Groupie
Stanley Wong
as MGM Grand Usher
Laura Cayouette
as Hypnotized Women
Douglas M. Griffin
as Hypnotized Man
Adam Shapiro
as Jack's Pick-Pocket Victim
J LaRose
as Willy Mears
Justine Wachsberger
as Paris Bank Manager
Christian Gazio
as Armored Truck Driver
Benoit Cransac
as Armored Truck Guard
Conan O'Brien
as Himself
Samantha Beaulieu
as Mobile Command Tech Agent
Odessa Sykes
as Josepha Hickey
Shannon Maris
as Dina Robertson
Nicki Daniels
as Savoy Audience Member
Wendy Miklovic
as Dylan's Tackler
Brad Abrell
as Announcer
Randi Rousseau
as New Orleans TV Reporter
Hunter Burke
as Sazerac Bartender
Brian Tucker
as FBI Agent Baskin
Teddy Canez
as FBI Lead Ground Agent
Joe Chrest
as Elkhorn Janitor Agent
Kerry Cahill
as Elkhorn Agent
Diego Miro
as Dylan (12 Yrs Old)
Adella Gauthier
as Marie Claire
Han Soto
as Mobile Command Leader
Jaren Mitchell
as Henley's Frat Boy #1
Scott Shilstone
as Henley's Frat Boy #2
Zac Waggener
as Henley's Frat Boy #3
Caleb Michaelson
as Henley's Frat Boy #4
Anthony Molinari
as FBI Truck Driver
Griff Furst
as Stethoscope Agent
Katheryn Swann
as FBI Investigator #1
Kevin Roy
as FBI Investigator #2
Kenneth Herrington
as FBI Investigator #3
Andy Ryan
as Tressler Bodyguard #1
Erik Blake
as Tressler Bodyguard #2
Tarek Isham
as Singer/Musician #1
Alynda Segarra
as Singer/Musician #2
Catherine Cavazos
as Singer/Musician #3
Sam Doores
as Singer/Musician #4
Cathrine Cavazos
as Singer/Musician #3
Catherine Poon
as Chinese Tenant
Michael Hartson
as Lead Officer 5 Pointz
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Critic Reviews for Now You See Me

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (31)

Bustling, glittery, uninvolving.

Full Review… | July 2, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Complicated nonsense about four professional magicians caught up in an elaborate revenge plot.

July 1, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

If you're OK with the film playing you for a sap, you'll laugh and clap and wonder how that bird got into that hat. But if you think there's a difference between being tricked and being cheated, you may feel swindled.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Top Critic

Leterrier also tries to pack an extraordinary amount of story and twists into a fairly ordinary running time, resulting in editing so choppy that sometimes even the easy parts are hard to follow.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

This would-be "Ocean's Eleven" of the magic world remains watchable throughout, even as it plods along without ever quite fulfilling its potential.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Top Critic

One of those movies with a terrific premise and a less-than-terrific follow-through.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for Now You See Me


Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fischer, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mark Ruffalo. So, this is the best movie ever right? Sadly, it is one of the most mediocre, guilty-pleasure-esque type of films that has been made in a very, very long time. After the "four horsemen" are recruited by a mystery man to perform global magic shows to blow people's minds, all hell breaks loose once they begin to use their magic illegally, robbing people of their money or other goods. This film tries way too hard to be smarter than you and it ends up becoming a blast to watch, for how dumb it becomes. There is a line spoken in the film that explains to the audience how magic is just an illusion and the real trick is always happening away from where they are making you look. Clearly that sets up a big twist in the third act of the film, but the payoff is almost too dumb to take seriously. This film tries to build the suspense of the bigger picture as it progresses, but it ends up getting confused with itself, making for a laughable film overall. There are a few awesome sequences throughout this film, but in the end, "Now You See Me" is just another Hollywood film trying far too hard to impress it's audiences. Upon second and third viewings, I have come to appreciate the entertainment level of this film, but for all of the wrong reasons. This film is a blast to watch if you are in the mood to nit-pick storylines that believe themselves to be clever. "Now You See Me" is well shot, written well enough to enjoy watching these characters interact, and directed as well as can be expected from the director of films like the "Step Up" franchise. As far as positives go, there are only a few, but they really do elevate this material being presented. The performers here are all committed to their roles, making the script much more believable than it really is, and the magic shows they put on are a delight to behold. The one setback about their shows is that it is clearly not any kind of magic that could have been accomplished if it was not in a film, which kind of defeats the purpose of creating an illusion for audience members. Overall, "Now You See Me" is a fine guilty pleasure of a film that I can recommend to those who do not want to think to hard while watching a film, or those who simply want a big budget hollywood film to gawk at.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Great idea and potential, but pretends to be much smarter than it actually is. The magic effects feel so fake they have little "Whoa" effect on the audience. Entertaining but with plenty of wasted opportunities.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Bored the crap of me, quite honestly. I tried to watch it once previously, switched it off. Decided to have another go. Wish I hadn't bothered. Film looks great and I liked Isla, though her role isn't that big, but it just didn't hold my attention.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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