Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. 38
    “Magic” lacks too many things to rank among Allen’s better recent films — the come-uppance and zeitgeist currency of “Blue Jasmine,” the frivolity of that don’t-think-too-much-about-this lark “Midnight in Paris.” But the biggest shortcoming is right there in the title, a tease if ever there was one.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jul 24, 2014
    Magic in the Moonlight is less a movie than the dutiful recitation of themes and plot points conducted by a squad of costumed actors. The tidy narrative may advance with clockwork precision, but the clock’s most prominent feature is the snooze button.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jul 18, 2014
    The story feels shapeless, un-tailored, defiantly off the rack.
  4. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 31, 2014
    Once the premise has been established, the film goes absolutely nowhere.
  5. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 24, 2014
    Woody Allen loves to make movies even when he has nothing to say. This film is a romantic comedy without romance or comedy. Colin Firth can do no wrong as an actor, but the script keeps him from doing anything right. Emma Stone looks washed out. Eileen Atkins' crisp delivery can't quite redeem soggy lines. It is painful to see a director and actors you admire working at such a low, tired level of inspiration. Mr. Allen maybe it's time to return to Manhattan. Mr. Firth, if movie scripts are barren, do a play. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2014
    I very much enjoyed this movie. It has the quality of a play with nicely drawn characters and an entertaining story. The acting is excellent and the cinematography is beautiful. Allen seems to be studying various personality types (narcissism in this case) with his recent films, providing insight and wisdom. The only significant fault in my mind is that Stone and Furth, while great in their roles, seem a little mismatched age-wise. Full Review »