The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

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The Amazing Johnathan Documentary sets out to survey a magician's final tour -- and ends up pulling off some wildly ambitious tricks of its own.

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Filmmaker Benjamin Berman has a difficult time separating truth from fiction as he documents the final tour of a dying magician.

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The Amazing Johnathan
Himself
Benjamin Berman
Himself
Weird Al Yankovic
Himself
Eric André
Himself
Benjamin Berman
Director
Benjamin Berman
Writer
Benjamin Berman
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Jason Beck
Executive Producer
Kirk C. Johnson
Executive Producer
Jon Mugar
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (8)

  • It's compelling stuff: funny, moving and, yes, often amazing. Johnathan is a slippery subject, but in Berman he has a committed chronicler, who is even prepared to smoke meth with him on camera.

    November 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • A daft, dazzling exercise in reflexivity, albeit a somewhat familiar one.

    November 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For 91 tiring minutes, director Ben Berman sort of tells a story that is sort of interesting but maybe not really, padding the film with selfie footage of his own chaotic production problems.

    November 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It clinches - or un-clinches - everything we have previously seen and heard.

    November 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • I think people's mileage with this documentary will depend on how charming you think Benjamin Berman is... I didn't find him incredibly charming.

    August 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    August 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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