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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: 18 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  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: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 18, 2014
    The director’s latest—a lighthearted romance set in 1920s Germany and France—won’t do much to sway proponents or detractors from their own perspectives, though taken at face value, it’s one of Allen’s most charmingly conceived and performed efforts.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 24, 2014
    Perhaps the movie's use of the past is more than cosmetic in this one regard: Watching Woody Allen revisit his old themes and obsessions already feels like a nostalgic experience. Actually setting the movie back in time deflects this and makes a virtue of a shortcoming.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 24, 2014
    A pleasant, but forgettable, trifle.
  5. 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.
  6. 50
    It starts off with a flourish and winds up limp, like a rabbit pulled out of a hat that turns out to be dead.
  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: 4 out of 4
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  1. Jul 28, 2014
    "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
  2. 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
  3. Jul 25, 2014
    "Magic in the Moonlight" stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone in this film written and directed by Woody Allen. There are those who will avoid a film by the writer-director because of circumstances which occurred in his private life and there are others who will go to any film bearing his credits as dutiful and loyal fans regardless of his personal choices or the quality of the work.. This film transcends the nay sayers and the hoorayers and can be judged on its own merits for by so doing, the viewer will experience a beautifully written and well directed work of theatrical art. Mr. Firth is fine in the role of the arch magician out to prove or disprove the abilities of Ms. Stone’s character as alleged seer and psychic. The movie sails along at an easy pace as it relates the story in a well edited and interesting manner. Add to this a soundtrack of great songs of the early 20th Century and you end up with a positive audio and visual theatrical experience. Kudos to Mr. Allen who has once more brought his "magic" into the theater. I give the film a well deserved 8.5. Bottom line: this is a good film to see and one that I think most people will enjoy.. Expand
  4. Jul 26, 2014
    A modestly amusing though not especially stellar offering from Woody Allen that could have benefited from better lead performances and, surprisingly, sharper writing (particularly in the last half hour). A fine supporting cast and terrific period piece production values help to shore up some of these other shortcomings, making for a mildly entertaining, though not especially memorable, time at the movies. Expand



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