The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

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Critic Consensus: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone serves up some goofy laughs, but given its outrageous conceit, it's surprisingly safe and predictable.

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Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act-both onstage and off-if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.(c) WB
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PG-13 (for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language)
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Comedy
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Cast

Steve Carell
as Burt Wonderstone
Steve Buscemi
as Anton Marvelton
Jim Carrey
as Steve Gray
James Gandolfini
as Doug Munny
Alan Arkin
as Rance Holloway
Jay Mohr
as Rick the Implausible
Michael Herbig
as Lucius Belvedere
Mason Cook
as Young Burt
Luke Vanek
as Young Anton
Richard Wolffe
as Himself
Erin Burnett
as Herself
Fiona Hale
as Grace
Sonya Eddy
as Hanna
Ron Ostrow
as Jim the Bartender
Ron Pearson
as Juggler Ventriloquist
Robert Manning
as Male Doctor
Gillian Jacobs
as Miranda
Tate Hanyok
as Nicole #1
Charlie Hartsock
as Onlooker
John Francis Daley
as Paramedic 1
Freedom Bridgewater
as Paramedic 2
Melissa Ordway
as Reporter in Las Vegas
Vance DeGeneres
as Reporter in Cambodia
Murray Gershenz
as Elderly Man
John Rubano
as Store Manager
Bryson Barrett
as Cambodian Boy
Forrest Wheeler
as Cambodian Boy
Kimia Sun
as Villager
Kelly Sry
as Villager
Augie Issac
as Young Boy
Mark Engelhardt
as Stagehand
John Lewis
as Buddy
Daniel Spink
as Spectator
Chad Kultgen
as Spectator
Marceline Hugot
as Pinata Woman
Leni Ito
as Japanese Girl
Jonathan Goldstein
as Stagehand at B&A Theater
Tossaporn Banks
as London Onlooker
Jessica McClain
as Doug Munny's Wife
Chyna Chuu
as Doug Munny's Valet
Stan Knight
as Elvis Impersonator
Jonathan Goldstein
as Stagehand at B&A Theater
Michael "Bully" Herbig
as Lucius Belvedere
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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (42)

Since every funny moment here involves cynicism, arrogance, heartlessness, and self-destruction, you never believe the movie when it's telling you how nice and contrite these characters are.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

The true comeback story in this fictional comeback story doesn't belong to a character named Burt Wonderstone, but to an actor named Jim Carrey.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

This comedy about a magician who must hit bottom before rising again to the wonder of his beloved craft pulls plenty of sweet moments and a slew of laughs out of a story that might have been thin air.

March 15, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

This may be the kind of semi-bad, semi-inspired comedy that could not only stand repeated viewings but perhaps improve with them.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A generic, fitfully funny mainstream comedy that doesn't nearly get the best from its name-brand players but doesn't qualify as a desecration, either.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

A veritable festival of bad toupees and repeated gags that just lie there, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'' runs a bit more than an hour and a half but seems much longer - like it had been edited down at the last minute.

Full Review… | March 15, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

½

I liked this film and found it funny. Cliche, but still funny.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

This movie succeeds at being the most laugh-less comedy movie I've seen in a while. How do you get together Steve Carrell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi and squander it so badly? The story is an okay setup for comedy but fails. The plot was just way too poorly constructed too create any actual interest in what's going on. It's just so stupid. Things in the past have proven that magician jokes can be funny (Arrested Development!). It's like they wrote a script and never edited past the first draft. None of the characters go through any real change unless the plot demands it. We learn absolutely nothing about Jim Carrey's character except he does some crazy stunts! (Oh man, a Criss Angel parody! How relevant!). But the worst part of all is the end. So many horrifying implications are made based off of the end. Who ever green lit that ending probably doesn't have much oxygen going to his brain. Overall- The best thing I could say about this movie is that it had potential. So it took that potential and made it disappear. Where they thought they were going with this one I'll never know. Letter Grade: D

Chris Miele
Chris Miele

Super Reviewer

½

3 3/4's...Definitely for fans of Jim Carrey, and Steve Carell, of which I am. Not an Oscar winner, just pure silly enjoyment. It took a little while to get going, but once it did...well...big laughs ensued. Alan Arkin was really enjoyable in this, also...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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