The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Reviews

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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.
March 20, 2013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone makes the classic mistake of thinking a comedy about magicians will be magical.
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.
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.
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.
March 15, 2013
It's rather like a children's movie camped up with adult bits and pieces. Or an American version of a good old British panto.
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.
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.
March 15, 2013
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn't.
March 15, 2013
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" isn't incredible, but it's a nicely performed bit of programmed Hollywood hilarity.
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.
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.
March 14, 2013
Burt Wonderstone is a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie.
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.
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.
March 14, 2013
As ever with comedies like this, all the really funny stuff is in the opening 20 minutes. But it's entertaining stuff, with a scene-stealer from Alan Arkin.
March 14, 2013
Perhaps it's a magical disappearing humor act that afflicts this throwaway.
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.
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?
Top Critic
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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