• Released
  • July 11, 2008
  • PG , 1 hr 37 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
  • 5 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) has an affair with a woman (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who wants to con him.

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80

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
This won't be remembered as one of the prodigiously talented Armstrong's great films (My Brilliant Career, High Tide, Little Women), but...
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70

Los Angeles Times

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Far more diverting and well crafted than its promotion-free release campaign might suggest. Then again, for a film largely based on the...
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60

Slate

A minor but satisfying entry in the "what if" historical-fantasy genre.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
What it lacks is a villain, and magic without danger is simply a parlor trick, which is what the film becomes.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though all the elements are in place, there's not much magic to be found in Death Defying Acts, an intermittently entertaining but...
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40

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
A handsome contraption that's never very engaging, let alone convincing.
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The ingredients are there for a cute con game, but instead the movie turns out to be a mushy melodrama.
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30

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
Ms. Zeta-Jones is too elegant for the lowlife she's supposed to be, Ms. Ronan isn't endearing enough to be a ragamuffin, and, under Gillian...
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Rated PG