The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

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What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician -- "The Amazing Johnathan" -- becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion.


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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

  • "The Amazing Johnathan Documentary" is ostensibly about a comic and is often very funny. There are snatches out of the Amazing Johnathan archive and repertoire, which includes gross-out gags and no small amount of meta magic.

    Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Pretends to be about the famous celebrity in the title but instead focuses on the far less interesting non-celebrity sharing the screen.

    Aug 16, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not until Berman dives deeper, questioning his motivations to pursue the subject matter and testing the ethical limits of narrative nonfiction, that his doc makes a persuasive case for existing.

    Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Watching Berman persist is fascinating, embarrassing and undignified, like a politician on "Dancing With the Stars." Why, I wondered, is he doing this?

    Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A deeper dive into Szeles' ostensibly complex psychological makeup might have given the movie more heft, though Szeles, magician that he is, clearly remains more about the illusion than the reveal.

    Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Like The Amazing Johnathan's act, it's a funny, trippy, lively bit of sleight of hand that can often make you feel like you're seeing something extraordinary, even if it's just some prankster fucking with you.

    Aug 13, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Sean O'Neal

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