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Make Believe Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    59

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    The drama is merely serviceable until the last moment, when the winner makes the competition disappear.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    The buildup to the actual competition is perfectly paced, with the film never tipping its hand as to the winner. And the championship has all the drama of a high-stakes sporting event: failure under pressure, unexpected triumph, gracious losers and winners both.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    The various sleights of hand are impressive even if we're afforded little insight into their actual execution. Still, it's fun stuff.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety

    A charming, affectionate and often elegantly executed study of teenage magicians, their craft and the social shadows they step out of when they do their stuff.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    These talented, dedicated kids aren't making believe about anything - they're making art out of shimmering illusion, intricate manipulation and blithe misdirection. (In magic, as distinct from filmmaking, misdirection is a good thing.)

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A charming documentary about the finalists in the Teenage Magician Contest at the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.

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