The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini star in this comedy set amongst the cut-throat world of professional Vegas magicians. Superstar illusionists Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and sidekick Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) have ruled the strip for years, raking in millions with an act as big as Burt's ego. But as their friendship digresses into thinly veiled hatred, rising guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) threatens to topple them.

2013Rating: M100 minsUSA
Comedy
94%
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Reviews & comments

Fails to make good on a great idea

I wanted to like this movie but it just runs right out of steam. The only person who really stands out is Jim Carrey. But apart from that its a bunch of repetitive gags strung together by a limping and predictable storyline. A pity really because it could have been so much better. It just needed to sustain the story beyond the bits in the trailer.

2.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Pulls off the impressive trick of generating laughs on a consistent basis while spinning a clever scenario.

0
Total Film

Total Film

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Carell and Carrey shine like sequinned suits in a comedy that allows them endless fun with the dressing-up box.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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As ever with comedies like this, all the really funny stuff is in the opening 20 minutes. But it's entertaining with a scene-stealer from Alan Arkin.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The Mildly Diverting Burt Wonderstone.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Some laughter but little magic in by-the-book Las Vegas comeback tale.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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The inconsistencies in tone - is it an Anchorman-style farce or something more serious? - distract from likeable turns from the leads.

2.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Pulls off the impressive trick of generating laughs on a consistent basis while spinning a clever scenario.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Carell and Carrey shine like sequinned suits in a comedy that allows them endless fun with the dressing-up box.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

As ever with comedies like this, all the really funny stuff is in the opening 20 minutes. But it's entertaining with a scene-stealer from Alan Arkin.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The Mildly Diverting Burt Wonderstone.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Some laughter but little magic in by-the-book Las Vegas comeback tale.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The inconsistencies in tone - is it an Anchorman-style farce or something more serious? - distract from likeable turns from the leads.

2.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0

Fails to make good on a great idea

I wanted to like this movie but it just runs right out of steam. The only person who really stands out is Jim Carrey. But apart from that its a bunch of repetitive gags strung together by a limping and predictable storyline. A pity really because it could have been so much better. It just needed to sustain the story beyond the bits in the trailer.

2.0
0