Written August 27, 2016
This movie is hilarious and great! Although I wasn't a huge fan of the beginning when Burt was a little kid, the rest was great, especially the end. Don't want to ruin it! The acting was very good, and the cinematography was also great. The writing was also pretty good; however, it's one of those that you may like or not. I enjoyed it. I recommend this for teens and adults. This is one of those comedy movies that you may like or not. If you aren't sure, just wait to rent it or buy it on DVD or Blu-Ray.
Written April 28, 2017
this should have been better, but it was just missing something.
Written May 01, 2017
The movie was so much better than reviews I'd been seeing. It is very funny and a touching story at the end. it tries to capture the wonder and lure of magic. I would have liked to have seen more of Jim Carrey but his later arrival in the movie made more sense as it made it Wonderstone who was the main character. I don't want to give any spoilers but it does a very good job of pitting Carrey's magic style (forgot character's name) against Wonderstone's. I must not have paid too much attention to previews because I missed that Wonderstone had a partner (actor to left in photo whose name I forget but was excellent).
I really enjoy magic movies, such as the Prestige and the Illusionist. It was great to have a comedy out there to add to them.
The only thing I didn't like was Olivia Wilde's character...I agree they needed someone as the moral compass....but her character was a little too far fetched and not funny. It may have been better if that character had some antics.
Written October 01, 2016
Although the critics aren't wild about this movie, I was looking forward to seeing a comedy with Steve Carrell, Steve Buscemi, and Jim Carrey. The critics are right. The movie has its spots of humor, but not often enough. Buscemi is out of character as the caring, sensitive half of a magical act with Carrell. I wanted to see the crazy Buscemi. Jim Carrey is the star of the movie IMO. His crazed portrayal of "mind freak" magicians is very funny. It's the old Jim Carrey which I enjoyed so much in Ace Ventura movies. This movie is worth seeing when it comes out on cable in a few months, but not worth a trip to the cinema to see it.
Written February 19, 2017
The movie was only funny when Jim Carrey was on screen. When he was not on screen, the film was dull and boring and not funny at all. Wait for cable.