The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Synopsis
A slick new performer threatens the status of a popular Las Vegas act by two longtime magicians.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie is pleasant. It's reasonably funny. But the one who gets the real laughs here, the hard laughs, is Carrey, who plays the kind of...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is also one dark and wickedly funny comedy.
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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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Enjoyable but as familiar as the old-school routines its magician heroes dish out.
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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.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
What might have been an entertaining, silly comedy opts for pseudo-earnestness over movie magic.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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....
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Funny from start to finish

By nozkcb
I really enjoyed the movie and laughed pretty consistently (much to my son's horror) just about all the way through the movie. Not an epic adventure but, it's not what I was expecting. I went to...


By natemanor13
I have to say I expected much less. It was hillarious the entire time and with all star cast like that how could it not be! The ending was fantastic and especially the scene before the credits where...

Wonderful Burt Wonderstone

By MedRed
Steve Carell +Steve Buscemi + Jim Carrey = Great Chemistry Fresh ideas in comedy movies often devolve into potty humor and cursing to make up for the lack of plot development. This isn't one of...

Perfect comedy casting, yet not what you would think!

By m3trooper
Wow! Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carey, Alan Arkin. Powerhouse comedic actors. This will be the funniest movie ever, right? Wrong! It certainly has its moments where you chuckle, but overall,...

Not magical

By travelbear1231
Alan Arkin really shines. The movie could use a better script and better direction. Not suitable for young kids. Lots of tasteless segments that did nothing to promote the story. Not magical....

Worth seeing I guess

By dannypants
Very funny in parts. As a whole it was sorta weak. But I was entertained. I just wish I'd either gone to the half-price early movie or watched it on cable. There are some good laughs and inspired...

You have to like their type of humor

By shehadinetwork
If you have watched Bruce Almighty or the 40 Year Old Virgin more than once and laugh at the same jokes every time, this movie is for you. Otherwise, I am sure it will be entertaining for the rest of...

Had potential.

By dogrek
Good premise, good potential, and great cast... but it just didn't measure up to what it could have been. The comedic and satirical timing were off, and the story had several directions it could...

It was OK

By mtyler0728
The movie was OK but I was a little disappointed. I'm big fans of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, so I expected it to be very funny. Carrey did very well and he should have had a bigger part in the...

Hilarious from Start to End !!!!

By anthony_c
wife and I went to see it opening night and can only hope they make a sequal !!!! you will not be disappointed because you will laugh from beginning to end !!!!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not enough magic to mostly unfunny Carell-Carrey comedy.
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