Now You See Me 2 Reviews

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July 8, 2016
Unfortunately the sleight-of-hand thrill of live magic becomes an unconvincing sledgehammer on the screen: layer after layer of trickery and rushing about lead to exhaustion.
July 7, 2016
Another massively overlong, overcomplicated and underinteresting caper ...
July 7, 2016
Entertaining but underwhelming.
July 4, 2016
Both predictable and confounding.
June 21, 2016
But very little about this hollow sequel to 2013's heist thriller Now You See Me feels mysterious; its biggest set-pieces will make viewers ask not "Whoa, how'd they do that?" but "Wait, huh?"
June 13, 2016
The movie offers neither the astonishment of the magicians' artistry nor a dramatic view of how they do it.
June 10, 2016
Based solely on merit, Now You See Me 2 is a sequel that should never have been made.
June 10, 2016
And of course, there's no danger of mistaking computer-enhanced trickery for actual sleight of hand, so even the modest but honest pleasure provided by quality card work is compromised.
June 10, 2016
The film is mainly horseplay, wasted motion, and talk, talk, talk, with a few good action scenes ...
June 10, 2016
Just as cheerfully outlandish as the caper flick's precursor, with the acceptance of fancy tricks and misdirection twists dependent on an audience's love of a good hoodwink.
June 10, 2016
As the illusions mount, they don't amount to much, leading up to a big finale that piles on the improbabilities and quietly sweeps them under the rug.
June 9, 2016
Now You See Me 2 disappears with not a poof, but in a hyper-kinetic blur of hectic plot mechanics, ceaselessly nattering characters and so many ploys of misdirection that the film's own direction got lost up someone's sleeve long ago.
June 9, 2016
By the time we get to the London-based finale, the illusion the Horsemen pull off comes across as just completely implausible. It's almost as if the filmmakers were saying - didja get all that? Well, too bad.
June 9, 2016
More than once, characters in "Now You See Me 2" make references to pulling back the curtain... And what's behind that curtain is just as much of an incomprehensible jab at the audience as everything else in this film.
June 9, 2016
What it doesn't have is any kind of real magic.
Top Critic
June 9, 2016
This is no mere haunted house movie. This is a tour through a giant, spring-loaded funhouse.
June 9, 2016
The film is an emotional black hole, its insufferably smug tricksters augmented by Mr. Harrelson ... as his character's identical twin. They never let us forget that their chief superpowers are glibness and ego.
June 9, 2016
Why make a sequel? Well, why not: This one is more fun.
June 9, 2016
There's no arguing that there's a clever concept that anchors the "Now You See Me" franchise - expect more sequels - but razzle-dazzle and the art of misdirection can take you only so far.
June 9, 2016
Forget what trick-debunker Morgan Freeman says: You don't have to see this to believe it (or see it at all).
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