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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes (100 minutes)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language.

Genre: Comedy

The

Mild

Burt

Wonderstone

3 out of 5

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review

What's Good:
Some sweet moments; slew of laughs.
What's Bad:
A story out of thin air.
Verdict:
Occasionally amusing but instantly forgettable.
Watch or Not:
Watch it if you like movies based on magic, light humour.

Audience Ratings for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

47.0%
31 Ratings
1 2 3 4 5
hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult followingsurges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

Critics Reviews for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

24 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 34 | Positive Review: 8 | Negative Review: 26 | Average Rating: 2.5/5

This comedy about a magician who must hit bottom before rising again to the wonder of his beloved craft pulls plenty of sweet moments and a slew of laughs out of a story that might have been thin air.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 15, 2013 Full Review
Lisa Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

This may be the kind of semi-bad, semi-inspired comedy that could not only stand repeated viewings but perhaps improve with them.

March 15, 2013 Full Review
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

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.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 15, 2013 Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A veritable festival of bad toupees and repeated gags that just lie there, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'' runs a bit more than an hour and a half but seems much longer - like it had been edited down at the last minute.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 15, 2013 Full Review
Lou Lumenick
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn't.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 15, 2013 Full Review
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" isn't incredible, but it's a nicely performed bit of programmed Hollywood hilarity.
Critic Score: B-

March 15, 2013 Full Review
Tom Long
Tom Long
Detroit News

... has its share of engaging-to-great bits, including, truth to tell, one gag performed by Carrey that made me laugh louder and longer ... but it falls kind of flat as a complete moviegoing experience.
Critic Score: 2.5

March 15, 2013 Full Review
Glenn Kenny
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies

It's as if Carrey has been waiting, through a series of bland and corny showcases, to find a role that doesn't derail or divert his intensity, but embraces it.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Burt Wonderstone is a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's a long, limping slog from the halfway point to the finish line, even if the actors have built up enough goodwill by then that it's bearable to coast the movie out.

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate

No amount of smoke and mirrors can hide the burst seams, frayed wires and bad-hearted humour of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Peter Howell
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Perhaps it's a magical disappearing humor act that afflicts this throwaway.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig
USA Today

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" can't transcend the fundamental problem built into movies and television shows about magic. It isn't really magic if you're watching it second hand.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Stephen Holden
New York Times

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?

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

There are some funny bits and characters around the edges of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but its core is empty of humor.

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Mark Jenkins
NPR

Calling it "The Mildly Diverting Burt Wonderstone" would have been more accurate, but how many tickets is that going to sell?
Critic Score: 2.5/5

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

[It] fumbles so badly that you can almost make out the flop-sweat on its brow.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Rafer Guzman
Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Magicians have been pulling rabbits out of hats for ages. And yet, with all this talent, no one can make a decent script materialize.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

After 100 minutes of "Burt Wonderstone's" scant laughs and missed opportunities, you wish it would just vanish down a trapdoor.

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Colin Covert
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Occasionally amusing but instantly forgettable.

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Ben Sachs
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The material isn't sufficiently funny to allow me to forgive the film's feeble storyline and two-dimensional inhabitants.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews

You watch it thinking that it should be smarter and funnier, but you have a pretty good time anyway.
Critic Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The typical gags involve burnt flesh and the sight of someone pretending to crush a puppy to death. It's not a comedy; it's a wince-edy.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Welcome back, Hilarious Jim Carrey. We've missed you.
Critic Score: 3/4

March 14, 2013 Full Review
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Is this really what the audience wants? A deliriously unhinged setup and larger-than-life characters, abruptly devolving into a mind-numbingly familiar story with a totalitarian happy ending?

March 13, 2013 Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

There's no question that you will laugh at times throughout "Burt Wonderstone." But if you are looking for something truly magical, you will come away disappointed.
Critic Score: 2/4

March 13, 2013 Full Review
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News

Carell doesn't give us enough to root for. Burt is a jerk, pure and simple, with the charm missing. Sure, in the predictable story he slouches toward redemption, but at a certain point, it's too late to care.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

March 13, 2013 Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Too cautious and unimaginative to bring off what a great magic trick - or comedy - should do: make us laugh out loud with surprise.
Critic Score: B-

March 13, 2013 Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

After it's over, poof! You'll forget you ever watched it in the first place.
Critic Score: 1.5/4

March 12, 2013 Full Review
Christy Lemire
Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Carell again plays oblivious in the fitfully inspired magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but he doesn't play human.

March 12, 2013 Full Review
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Some laughter but little magic in by-the-book Las Vegas comeback tale.

March 11, 2013 Full Review
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Carell is at the top of his form as the self-absorbed Burt struggles to maintain his haughty sangfroid while trying to convince himself, and everyone else, that's he's still a superstar.

March 11, 2013 Full Review
Joe Leydon
Variety

One-off gags and throwaway lines muffle the creaks of a well-worn plot.

March 9, 2013 Full Review
William Goss
Film.com

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