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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
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.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 15, 2013
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 15, 2013
This may be the kind of semi-bad, semi-inspired comedy that could not only stand repeated viewings but perhaps improve with them.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 15, 2013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 15, 2013
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" isn't incredible, but it's a nicely performed bit of programmed Hollywood hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 15, 2013
... has its share of engaging-to-great bits, including, truth to tell, one gag performed by Carrey that made me laugh louder and longer ... but it falls kind of flat as a complete moviegoing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2013
It's as if Carrey has been waiting, through a series of bland and corny showcases, to find a role that doesn't derail or divert his intensity, but embraces it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 14, 2013
Burt Wonderstone is a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 14, 2013
It's a long, limping slog from the halfway point to the finish line, even if the actors have built up enough goodwill by then that it's bearable to coast the movie out.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 14, 2013
No amount of smoke and mirrors can hide the burst seams, frayed wires and bad-hearted humour of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 14, 2013
Perhaps it's a magical disappearing humor act that afflicts this throwaway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 14, 2013
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" can't transcend the fundamental problem built into movies and television shows about magic. It isn't really magic if you're watching it second hand.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2013
Did the producers appeal to a denominator even lower than common by making their film as dumb as possible, or did it just turn out that way?
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March 14, 2013
There are some funny bits and characters around the edges of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but its core is empty of humor.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2013
Calling it "The Mildly Diverting Burt Wonderstone" would have been more accurate, but how many tickets is that going to sell?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 14, 2013
[It] fumbles so badly that you can almost make out the flop-sweat on its brow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 14, 2013
Magicians have been pulling rabbits out of hats for ages. And yet, with all this talent, no one can make a decent script materialize.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 14, 2013
After 100 minutes of "Burt Wonderstone's" scant laughs and missed opportunities, you wish it would just vanish down a trapdoor.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 14, 2013
There are a lot of big stars...What's missing are a lot of big laughs. Well, there are about four...so that's quite a bit of downtime between guffaws to contemplate just why so many people who should know better are involved in this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2013
Occasionally amusing but instantly forgettable.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 14, 2013
Like a creaky Vegas act desperate to please, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is so eager you can't help wanting to like it. But you also can't help wondering if something better is playing in the theater next-door.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 14, 2013
The material isn't sufficiently funny to allow me to forgive the film's feeble storyline and two-dimensional inhabitants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 14, 2013
You watch it thinking that it should be smarter and funnier, but you have a pretty good time anyway.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 14, 2013
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" may be a fake, but the way it produces new amusement from old tricks is a treat.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2013
The typical gags involve burnt flesh and the sight of someone pretending to crush a puppy to death. It's not a comedy; it's a wince-edy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 14, 2013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has its cornball charm, thanks largely to the confident work of old pros Carell, Arkin, and Buscemi, but it's ultimately a big, gaudy, predictable show, strictly for the rubes and tourists.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 2013
Welcome back, Hilarious Jim Carrey. We've missed you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 13, 2013
Is this really what the audience wants? A deliriously unhinged setup and larger-than-life characters, abruptly devolving into a mind-numbingly familiar story with a totalitarian happy ending?
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 13, 2013
Always seems poised to deliver big laughs but, once the smoke and the pigeons clear, leaves you only with a mild chuckle or two.
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
March 13, 2013
There's no question that you will laugh at times throughout "Burt Wonderstone." But if you are looking for something truly magical, you will come away disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 13, 2013
Carell doesn't give us enough to root for. Burt is a jerk, pure and simple, with the charm missing. Sure, in the predictable story he slouches toward redemption, but at a certain point, it's too late to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 13, 2013
Too cautious and unimaginative to bring off what a great magic trick - or comedy - should do: make us laugh out loud with surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 12, 2013
After it's over, poof! You'll forget you ever watched it in the first place.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 12, 2013
Carell again plays oblivious in the fitfully inspired magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but he doesn't play human.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 12, 2013
Wonderstone's climax revolves around an improbable comeback trick that involves making an entire audience disappear. The movie itself should have no problem accomplishing that feat long before the end credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 12, 2013
In the end, there's nothing here beyond the obvious riches-to-rags, friendship-lost-and-found, celebrity-rivalry clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 11, 2013
Some laughter but little magic in by-the-book Las Vegas comeback tale.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 11, 2013
Carell is at the top of his form as the self-absorbed Burt struggles to maintain his haughty sangfroid while trying to convince himself, and everyone else, that's he's still a superstar.
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William Goss
Film.com
March 9, 2013
One-off gags and throwaway lines muffle the creaks of a well-worn plot.