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Now You See Me Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 2, 2013
Bustling, glittery, uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
Complicated nonsense about four professional magicians caught up in an elaborate revenge plot.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 31, 2013
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.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 31, 2013
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.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
May 31, 2013
This would-be "Ocean's Eleven" of the magic world remains watchable throughout, even as it plods along without ever quite fulfilling its potential.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 31, 2013
One of those movies with a terrific premise and a less-than-terrific follow-through.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
May 31, 2013
Boasting a terrific cast and a flimsy plot whose logic disappears faster than a rabbit in a hat, Now struggles to pull off its cinematic sleights of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 31, 2013
The more you see of the movie and the more elaborate the tricks get, the less you are inclined to believe that humans rather than machines are in charge of the illusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 31, 2013
All too quickly ... the smoke clears and Now You See Me proves to be less than meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2013
For all the talent up on the screen - and one can't fault the performances - the movie just doesn't deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 31, 2013
Ultimately "Now You See Me" promises more than it delivers, though its cast is always fun to watch and the pace never lags. It has the magic for a while ... and then it disappears.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2013
Much of what makes "Now You See Me" so entertaining - in a gaudy, disposable, Vegas act sort of way - is its ever-escalating ridiculousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
May 30, 2013
The outrageous setup more than suffices, and the film gets a lift from offbeat characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2013
This is one of those mystery thrillers that are supposed to culminate in a big shocker ending, though the script piles up so many implausibilities that by the time the ending arrives, nothing is surprising anymore.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 30, 2013
With Now You See Me, director Louis Leterrier has taken a page out of the book of his characters: use sleight-of-hand so viewers are distracted from some rather obvious screenplay deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 30, 2013
Director Louis Leterrier has the energy but not the visual grace to match the elegant malefactions of his characters.
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May 30, 2013
Exudes self-importance and can't help but make promises it can't deliver on.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 30, 2013
Now You See Me is a superficially diverting but substance-free concoction, a would-be thriller as evanescent as a magic trick and one that develops no suspense or rooting interest because the characters possess all the substance of invisible ink.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 30, 2013
The movie may think it's pulling a rabbit out of a hat. But it's more like a turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 30, 2013
The scatterbrained story loses its thread and becomes a dull, frenetic chase movie ...
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 30, 2013
It takes a certain dark magic to make the talent of a top cast disappear right before your eyes. Now You See Me does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
May 30, 2013
When functioning like a magic trick, this breathlessly entertaining picture delights in its showmanship, but the more entertaining the trickery, the tougher the explanation, and when the truth is revealed the answer can't help but fail to satisfy.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 30, 2013
Perhaps the requisite summer-film explosion scene is just classic misdirection, per every magician's handbook. Look over here, and maybe you won't notice this movie doesn't make any sense!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
May 30, 2013
Big, noisy, slick, and empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2013
The actors, including Morgan Freeman as an anti-showman devoted to revealing the magicians' secrets, look like they're having so much fun that you can forgive the periodic arbitrariness of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2013
The movie wants to be Ocean's Eleven with top hats and wands, but the rapport between Now You See Me's principals doesn't come close to approximating Clooney and company's (or Sinatra and company's) cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 30, 2013
You want famous faces? Flirtations? Heists, thrills, car chases, explosions, disappearing bunny rabbits? All here, and all designed to distract us from the emptiness at the show's core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 30, 2013
"Now You See Me" is a movie about magic, but its most astonishing trick is how little mileage it gets out of a stellar cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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William Goss
Film.com
May 30, 2013
The whole of it is made of flash paper, intended to burn brightly for an instant before vanishing from your memory without a trace.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 30, 2013
"Now You See Me," despite some compelling moments, is one of those movies you watch while thinking about other movies that you're not watching.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 30, 2013
Moving so quickly its flaws barely register -- the blockbuster equivalent of sleight-of-hand -- Now You See Me fares best when simply relying on the no-illusions chemistry between its leads.
Full Review | Original Score: B