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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] Collapse
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: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Jul 26, 2014
    10
    "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"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
    10
    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 despiteThis 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
    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
  4. Sep 7, 2014
    8
    While it is perfectly sweet, charming, and quirky like most other Allen movies, Magic in the Moonlight has a certain vibe to it so that someWhile it is perfectly sweet, charming, and quirky like most other Allen movies, Magic in the Moonlight has a certain vibe to it so that some of the scenes and dialogue seem forced, and most if the movie is easily forgettable. However, Firth and Stone have scenes that strike just the right note, and the movie is elevated every time they get a chance to exchange words. They have great chemistry, (which isn't as disgusting as you might think, considering their age difference). Overall, this is a lean-back kind movie that does offer some commentary on life that can be easily-lapped-up by the audience. It doesn't require you to think much; if I had to pick, I'd say this fits into Woody's category of "hit", rather than "miss". Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    7
    This is Woody-lite. That isn't a bad thing. Every now and then Woody makes a light, non-serious movie that is simply fun to watch. I haveThis is Woody-lite. That isn't a bad thing. Every now and then Woody makes a light, non-serious movie that is simply fun to watch. I have loved most of them. I enjoyed all the performances and the wonderful cinematography. My biggest complaint was the ending, or more specifically the conclusion about whether the Medium (played by Emma Stone) was real or not. It could have been even more magical as the title implies. Expand
  6. Jul 26, 2014
    6
    A modestly amusing though not especially stellar offering from Woody Allen that could have benefited from better lead performances and,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
  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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