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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 andMagic 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
    100
    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
    75
    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
    70
    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
    60
    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
    50
    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
    50
    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
    20
    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: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Sep 20, 2014
    10
    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
  2. Jul 28, 2014
    10
    "Magic in the Moonlight" is a classic Woody Allen picture. Filled with charm, sophistication, and wit that is unmatched in cinema today. The"Magic in the Moonlight" is a classic Woody Allen picture. Filled with charm, sophistication, and wit that is unmatched in cinema today. The film was shot beautifully by cinematographer Darius Khondji and evokes the nostalgia of summer holiday in the most lavish of locales. It fits in with Allen's summer European sojourns and it is just as fun as his previous hits, "Midnight in Paris" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." This can be judged as a romantic comedy as well as a philosophical existential riff in a way that only Woody Allen can pull off. I loved it and you will too! Expand
  3. Sep 6, 2014
    9
    Magic in the Moonlight addresses the question--what is the meaning of life--by exploring the tension between mysticism and rationalism. And itMagic in the Moonlight addresses the question--what is the meaning of life--by exploring the tension between mysticism and rationalism. And it finds a way of honoring both (in a backhanded kind of way) while essentially concluding that life probably has no inherent meaning (but it might because we can't know for sure), while acknowledging that accepting that is so devastating as to make life unbearable for most folks (which is ultimately a pretty stupid thing to do), so it is up to us to make meaning for ourselves and that's possible in a number of ways. Dunno about Woody Allen's personal morality (and I had some misgivings about seeing the film because of that), but it was an entertaining and compelling rumination on life. In short, if you like movies that make you think about big existential questions (and you're bright enough to infer the deeper meaning), I think you'll enjoy the film. If you're a surface watcher and are more interested in the romantic tension between Firth's character and Stone's character, you'll probably be disappointed. Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2014
    7
    Once again, a beautifully enchanting tale of life and romance from Woody Allen. Perhaps what is most magical about this one is the band ofOnce again, a beautifully enchanting tale of life and romance from Woody Allen. Perhaps what is most magical about this one is the band of so-called magicians and frauds--they're quite fun. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2015
    6
    A 6.5 out of 10 for me. As always, Allen displays his unmistakable style beautifully. The film looks gorgeous and there´s chemistry betweenA 6.5 out of 10 for me. As always, Allen displays his unmistakable style beautifully. The film looks gorgeous and there´s chemistry between the two main actors, new to Allen´s universe: Emma Stone and Colin Firth. Especially Emma shines and glows throughout the film, which is probably the reason why she will repeat with Allen for his next film. However, the story does not tell much. It´s a light film and very well done. Nothing else. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2014
    5
    recommend it is the look: Darius Khondji's beautiful cinematography, the lovely locations and the rich costumes. Colin Firth plays arecommend 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
    0
    I'm astonished that this film received even one positive review from anyone. If you enjoy hearing a perpetually grumpy Colin Firth expoundingI'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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