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Longtime Las Vegas favorite, magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell), and his sidekick, Anton Lovecraft (Steve Buscemi), have allowed their show to grow stale, while up-and-coming Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), is stealing the limelight. Entitled, cynical and jaded, Burt finds himself out of a job and broke, while Anton heads to Cambodia to spread the joy of magic to hungry villagers. It takes Burt’s original mentor, Rance Hanson (Alan Arkin), to talk sense into glum Burt, as well as a good kick in the keester by his adoring assistant, Jane (Olivia Wilde), to get Burt on track – back doing magic with all the zeal and passion that compelled him as a youngster.

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Release date: Mar 15, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language
 
Official website: http://www.theincredibleburtwonderstone.com
 
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    This is also one dark and wickedly funny comedy. ...

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    The movie itself is too cautious and unimaginative to bring off what a great magic trick — or comedy — should do: make us laugh out loud with surprise. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone draws a lot of goodwill from the basic likability of its star performers. ...read more

  • 67
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    The third act of Scardino's movie is very funny, and its finale featuring the exposure of an impossibly successful illusion is flat-out brilliant. It's just too bad that the movie's opening act is so sleight of humor, damaging the movie's potential. Now you see it. Then you don't. ...read more

  • 63
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    It’s too cheesy and predictable to be a real miracle, but by Vegas standards, it’s a winner. ...read more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Few jokes take us by surprise, but enough comic haymakers land to make “Burt Wonderstone” credible, in not exactly “incredible.” ...read more

  • 60
    Variety - by Joe Leydon
    Neatly balancing brightly sentimental comedy with slightly edgier funny business, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone pulls off the impressive trick of generating laughs on a consistent basis while spinning a clever scenario about rival magicians waging a Las Vegas turf war with a wide multi-demographic appeal. ...read more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club - by Nathan Rabin
    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. ...read more

  • 58
    Film.com - by William Goss
    Like the back half of its namesake, Wonderstone isn’t terribly hip, edgy or new itself, just amusing enough to pass the time. While Scardino and friends do manage to end the film on an admirably nutty note, this gathering of comedic minds ultimately fails to produce any true movie magic. ...read more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Rick Groen
    For my first trick, allow me to write off an entire picture by merely affixing to the title a one-word contraction: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn’t. Please hold your applause. ...read more

  • 50
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    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. ...read more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times - by Kenneth Turan
    Part manic comedy, part would-be heart-warmer of the "follow your bliss" variety, its odd combination of tones and situations leads to as many awkward, uncertain moments as funny ones. ...read more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    What might have been an entertaining, silly comedy opts for pseudo-earnestness over movie magic. ...read more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by Stephen Holden
    Because Mr. Carell doesn’t go in for the kind of all-out caricature that Mr. Ferrell embraces with a manic glee, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has an underlying soulfulness that cuts against its farcical aspirations. This is not to say that Mr. Carell isn’t just fine, only that his performance, as impressive as it is, lacks a shark’s bite. ...

  • 50
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    Overall the film never finds its footing, with its awkward shifts in tone accentuating the unease. There’s something a little off, and it’s Carell. We want to like him in comedies. It’s a big part of what’s made him a star. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone never really gives us the chance. ...

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    The hair is funny, in part, because not much else is. “Burt Wonderstone” is a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie. ...read more

  • 50
    Portland Oregonian - by M. E. Russell
    Jim Carrey kills it every time he shows up in his supporting role as street magician Steve Gray. ...read more

  • 50
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    This is a really lively, fun and high-spirited comedy. If you leave after half an hour. ...read more

  • 50
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The material isn't sufficiently funny to allow me to forgive the film's feeble storyline and two-dimensional inhabitants. ...read more

  • 50
    Village Voice - by Alan Scherstuhl
    The film's biggest surprise is that, after Wonderstone loses everything, we're expected to feel something besides impatience as he learns to become a better person—and gapes like a child at the wonder of magic. ...read more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter - by
    Enjoyable but as familiar as the old-school routines its magician heroes dish out. ...read more

  • 45
    NPR - by Mark Jenkins
    There are some funny bits and characters around the edges of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but its core is empty of humor. In fact, this purported satire of Las Vegas magicians is a three-void circus: the script, the central character and the main performance. ...read more

  • 40
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    The best thing in Burt Wonderstone, besides that final gag, is the second-sickest: Jim Carrey's performance as a David Blaine-esque street magician named Steve Gray. ...read more

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    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. ...read more

  • 40
    Empire - by Helen O'Hara
    The inconsistencies in tone - is it an Anchorman-style farce or something more serious? - distract from likeable turns from the leads. ...read more

  • 38
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    Magicians have been pulling rabbits out of hats for ages. And yet, with all this talent, no one can make a decent script materialize. ...read more

  • 38
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone serves as a reminder that everything in a film has a chance to go wrong before a film begins filming. In other words: It's the script, stupid. ...read more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine - by Chris Cabin
    The film is overtly suspicious and critical of the new and only serviceably romantic about the old. ...

  • 20
    Time Out New York - by David Fear
    No matter; this aggressively humorless farce would play like a dead rabbit pulled out of a hat, regardless of the casting choices. ...read more

  • 10
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Alan Arkin does the best trick, bringing a dollop of humanity to the role of Rance Holloway, the magician who was young Burt's inspiration. Apart from Rance, the whole production is slovenly nonsense, photographed on the cheap with blaring ghastliness. Yet it poses an intriguing mystery. 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? ...read more

  • 0
    The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
    It's a comedy so out of touch that jokes disappear before they're even delivered, as if by magic. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Mzekezeke

    Thought it would of been funnier. A few good moments but only really laughed when Jim Carrey was sleep snoring on the burning coals… Also I think it would of been much better if they cast Adam Sandler as Burt Wonderstone, then there would of been a better back and fourth with Steve Buscemi. I give it a 6/10, probably wont recommend it, sorry viewers




  2. JuiceBoxxWett

    This was not a very good movie. It’s worth a watch for boredom i suppose. The audio was also hard to hear through my home theater system. ? 2/5




  3. Jobeth15

    After watching this movie, I will forever say Steve Carrel and Steve Buscemi are made for each other. they need to work together more often. the movie itself is funny. not pee your pants funny but funny. I would recommend this movie to some people but not all.




  4. pbbunny1078

    absolutely loved this movie




  5. gnysgthartman

    I’ve been getting really into magic for a while now, and then this gem comes along. Never heard a thing about it until I saw it on the front page, and it way exceeded my expectations from the poster. A hilariously funny, good-spirited comedy, something that I haven’t seen in what seems like a decade. 9.5/10