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  • Summary: Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age. [Sony Pictures Classics] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 23, 2014
    A master stroke of enchantment from one of the few legitimate cinematic geniuses of the modern cinema, with a nimble and tender performance of enormous elegance and charm by Colin Firth that is heart-meltingly romantic.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 25, 2014
    Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is a “serious” movie attempting to be lighthearted. It deals with the same issues that Allen’s idol, Ingmar Bergman, often grappled with – namely, the battle zone of reason versus mysticism – but offhandedly.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 24, 2014
    The séances are great fun, and the cast is charmingly eclectic. But as to whether "Moonlight" is magical — it is, but ever, ever so slightly.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 24, 2014
    Stone, last seen in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is served best. Gliding through the film in sailor-girl outfits that evoke film stars of the 1920s, Stone’s big kewpie eyes and long-limbed gamine appeal fit in this era of silent films.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 1, 2014
    For all its visual delights, Magic in the Moonlight, the 44th feature written and directed by the admirably industrious Woody Allen, has to be one of his bigger duds.
  6. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Jul 21, 2014
    A film of obvious characterizations and even more obvious plot machinations that render its moment-to-moment charms moot.
  7. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 18, 2014
    Emma Stone couldn't be more charming, but her on-screen romance with Colin Firth couldn't be more contrived or ickiliy age-inappropriate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Jul 26, 2014
    "Magic in the Moonlight" is pure Woody Allen magic. It ponders the part of life we cannot explain in a very unique and entertaining way. It is cleverly written, beautifully shot, and wonderfully acted. An intelligent entertainment experience without special effects and gimmicks. An imaginative story masterfully told that transports you to the South of France in the late 1920's. Absolutely worth seeing. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2014
    This movie is absolutely fantastic! I find it unbelievable that it has such a low Metacritic rating. My wife and I went to see it despite the poor reviews. We loved ever minute of it. It's beautifully shot, funny, thought provoking, romantic, and truly clever. The performances were terrific which carried the story so well. The costumes and the locations amazing together. I think this is one of Woody Allen's top pictures. For those critics who marked this film negatively, you pretty much have identified yourself as someone who should go back to teaching gym. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Great movie - really enjoyed it. Even the ending is realistic, when you realize that otherwise she had to live a lie. Magnificent production values. Woody Allen not being his self-indulgent self, except for his usual knee-jerk atheism. "Manhattan" with a large dose of common sense and no Bella Abzug. Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2014
    I don't know about the other reviews but I loved this movie! It's not Allen's best, sure, but it's still a charming tale of Firth's cold, miserable Hobbesian rationalist confronted not merely with the logic-defying mysteries of Stone's character alone, but more importantly, the perennial battle of love as a rational, cold game of calculation vs a more abstract and unknown spiritual doctrine. Firth's acting was always on point, although I have to agree that the final 20 minutes or so of the film seem to halt abruptly in terms of pace and wit, and whilst it isn't quite a car crash, it isn't as consistently engaging and entertaining as the rest of the film.

    My advice, don't go into this film expecting the best Woody Allen film ever, this is an enjoyable character study of Firth's character, and whether the caustic and cynical nature of modern day life can continue to embrace the illogical passion and mysteries of romanticized love.
  5. Sep 12, 2014
    Great writing and chemistry between the protagonists. Colin Firth charm and presence is powerful enough to make us a believe that a woman almost 30 years younger may find herself attracted to him. That women is played by the beautiful Emma Stone which once again displays immense talent as the psychic whom Firth's character, a world class magician and skeptic, is trying to prove a charlatan. As she reveals more and more secrets about his life - things she could never have known - he begins to question whether there is more to it in life than meets the eye.

    A heartwarming flick that unfortunately tries too hard to fit into the romantic comedy mold and ends up inheriting from all the cliches associated with it. The third act feels artificial, which prevents the movie from being truly great.

  6. Aug 19, 2014
    recommend it is the look: Darius Khondji's beautiful cinematography, the lovely locations and the rich costumes. Colin Firth plays a misanthrope magician who travels to the south of France to debunk a supposed medium (Emma Stone). Firth blusters his way thru the endless arrogant rants, but the dialogue lacks any life and his changes of heart seem unmotivated and sudden. Allen moves it along with a bouncy pace, but its lack of interesting characters or snappy script make it bubbly but dull. Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2014
    I'm astonished that this film received even one positive review from anyone. If you enjoy hearing a perpetually grumpy Colin Firth expounding tediously for nearly two hours about the relative merits of rationalism vs. romanticism while Emma Stone looks on doe-eyed, this is your film. As for me, I found this to be without a doubt the worst Woody Allen film I've ever seen. It's maddeningly slow-paced, trivial, predictable, derivative and dumbass to its core. There's no humor; no interesting ideas are explored; there's nothing emotionally touching; and there isn't even any clever plotting. I didn't laugh once, and normally I love Woody Allen's humor. I don't know what has happened to him but perhaps he should retire now. Expand

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