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Magic in the Moonlight

Romance . Drama . Comedy

Set in the 1920s French Riviera, a master magician is commissioned to try and expose a psychic as a fraud.

Actors: Antonia Clarke , Valérie Beaulieu , Natasha Andrews , Jeremy Shamos , Catherine McCormack , Simon McBurney , Eileen Atkins , Erica Leerhsen , Jacki Weaver , Marcia Gay Harden , Hamish Linklater , Emma Stone , Colin Firth
Directors: Woody Allen
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2014-08-15
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  • Rex Reed

    A master stroke of enchantment from one of the few legitimate cinematic geniuses of the modern cinema, with a nimble and tender performance of enormous elegance and charm by Colin Firth that is heart-meltingly romantic.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    This picture isn’t as showy or obvious as one of his (many) masterpieces, but it is quite good and deserves your time and respect. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Ms. Stone is entrancing, whether Sophie is in or out of her trance state, and so is the movie as a whole.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The director’s latest—a lighthearted romance set in 1920s Germany and France—won’t do much to sway proponents or detractors from their own perspectives, though taken at face value, it’s one of Allen’s most charmingly conceived and performed efforts.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Whenever Firth and Stone are onscreen together, the movie sings; the rest of the time it’s never less than a breezy divertissement.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is a “serious” movie attempting to be lighthearted. It deals with the same issues that Allen’s idol, Ingmar Bergman, often grappled with – namely, the battle zone of reason versus mysticism – but offhandedly.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Perhaps the movie's use of the past is more than cosmetic in this one regard: Watching Woody Allen revisit his old themes and obsessions already feels like a nostalgic experience. Actually setting the movie back in time deflects this and makes a virtue of a shortcoming.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Melancholy and doubt may seem like gloomy qualities to blend into an amorous romp. But that shot of gravity is what makes Magic in the Moonlight memorable and distinctively Woody Allen.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Magic In The Moonlight is good in many regards, and mostly enjoyable for most of its 97 minute running time. But it’s also admittedly uneven in spots, familiar and ultimately a bit slight.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The séances are great fun, and the cast is charmingly eclectic. But as to whether "Moonlight" is magical — it is, but ever, ever so slightly.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Early on, it feels like it might become one of Allen’s best. Then the narrative direction becomes clear, the possibilities narrow, and the film shuts down along with them.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    While it's breezy and funny and perfectly pleasant, you probably won't remember this particular gift by the time the next birthday rolls around.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    One distraction is that everything feels smothered in an extra helping of déjà vu sauce: another movie featuring a middle-aged misanthrope with a dewy younger woman; another film with stage magic as a theme.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Allen's first mistake is turning this rivalry into a May/December romance. His second misstep is "converting" Stanley, thereby neutering the delightfully acerbic quality that characterizes his and Sophie's early interactions.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    While Allen’s new picture, Magic In The Moonlight, isn’t even close to being a disaster (for that, see, well, "Scoop"), I don’t think it’s unreasonable to note that, in my estimation, it’s where Allen’s latest streak…well, let’s not say “ends.” Let’s be moderate and say “ebbs.” Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    A pleasant, but forgettable, trifle.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    It may not be wholly original or without its flaws, but Magic in the Moonlight offers a pleasant vacation from reality, and what more could you want from a summer movie?

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    With this script, Allen isn't working in farce mode. It's more an easygoing nod to W. Somerset Maugham or, in the plot's "Pygmalion"-like relationship between a cynical older man and his desired younger female charge, George Bernard Shaw.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    Weightless, but not without its enchantments, this is Woody Allen coasting. But where better to coast than the loveliest coast of all?

    Empire Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Stone, last seen in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is served best. Gliding through the film in sailor-girl outfits that evoke film stars of the 1920s, Stone’s big kewpie eyes and long-limbed gamine appeal fit in this era of silent films.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It feels like a rush job, needing another draft or two for cohesion's sake, or for Allen to decide what sort of story he's telling.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Stage magicians often depend on sleight of hand to succeed at their art, but Woody Allen's new movie, Magic in the Moonlight, is just plain slight.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Firth and Stone are terrific, but they’re cast as screwball leads. Given only intermittent opportunities for levity, the two end up serving as mouthpieces for Allen’s dubious self-justifications.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Magic in the Moonlight belongs to the pool of lesser Allen comedies, yet Firth and Emma Stone — as the alleged necromancer Sophie Baker, the object of Stanley's scrutiny and eventually his affections — bring all the zany energy they can muster.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    For all its visual delights, Magic in the Moonlight, the 44th feature written and directed by the admirably industrious Woody Allen, has to be one of his bigger duds.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Above all, it is predictable.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It starts off with a flourish and winds up limp, like a rabbit pulled out of a hat that turns out to be dead.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Firth and Stone, appealing as they are as actors, are so disconnected as potential romantic leads it sometimes appears as if they’re barely in the same scene together.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    There's plenty of potential there for really sharp comedy, but Allen's script just lobs softballs.

    HitFix Full Review
  • David Lee Dallas

    A film of obvious characterizations and even more obvious plot machinations that render its moment-to-moment charms moot.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    Those expecting a charming bonbon à la Midnight in Paris may wish to lower their expectations. Magic in the Moonlight’s story is exceedingly threadbare, a first draft that never got fleshed out or tightened up.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    Representing the 78-year-old writer and director at his perfunctory worst, Magic in the Moonlight is an unfunny, unromantic comedy.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Maybe that pictorial pleasantness will distract summer moviegoers from the fact that shot-to-shot transitions are often awkward, dialogue scenes are forced and poorly staged and that even by rom-com standards the obstacles created to keep Sophie and Stanley apart until a respectable running time has elapsed are idiotic. Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Magic in the Moonlight does have a not-disagreeable expensive-vacation vibe to it. But the one-dimensional characters are mostly ones you’d want to avoid rather than spend a holiday with.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    “Magic” lacks too many things to rank among Allen’s better recent films — the come-uppance and zeitgeist currency of “Blue Jasmine,” the frivolity of that don’t-think-too-much-about-this lark “Midnight in Paris.” But the biggest shortcoming is right there in the title, a tease if ever there was one.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Magic in the Moonlight is less a movie than the dutiful recitation of themes and plot points conducted by a squad of costumed actors. The tidy narrative may advance with clockwork precision, but the clock’s most prominent feature is the snooze button.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The story feels shapeless, un-tailored, defiantly off the rack.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Once the premise has been established, the film goes absolutely nowhere.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Emma Stone couldn't be more charming, but her on-screen romance with Colin Firth couldn't be more contrived or ickiliy age-inappropriate.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • David Denby

    It's an accomplished, stately movie -- unimpassioned but pleasing. [28 July 2014, p.78]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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