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Now You See Me Review Critics


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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    This is a slick con, all flash and no substance. Now You See Me seems awfully sure of itself, with self-important, intrusive music, sweeping tracking shots and actors chewing up the scenery.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    It's mostly smoke and mirrors. After Freeman's snooze became a YouTube fixture, the actor jokingly dismissed the nap, saying he was using "Google eyelids" to check his Facebook account. You may find yourself attempting the same feat, because Now has little up its sleeve.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A superficially diverting but substance-free concoction, a would-be thriller as evanescent as a magic trick and one that develops no suspense or rooting interest because the characters possess all the substance of invisible ink.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's a little along the same lines as "Ocean's 11" in what it achieves and, like that film, there's plenty of Oscar power among the actors - a combined 15 nominations, to be precise.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    At times, Now You See Me suggests Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" made with a throwaway wink.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Teen-appealing heist movie has a few intense fight scenes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Now You See Me is an entertaining (if uneven) caper movie that could be thrilling for teens interested in magic and illusions, though some fight scenes may be too harsh (kicks to the face, pistol-whipping, a deadly car crash) for younger viewers. Viewers can also expect intermittent swearing, including derivations of "s--t," and a brief scene featuring a scantily clad woman astride a man. A character drinks too much at a bar, and several labels are seen/mentioned.

  • Families can talk about why the Four Horsemen did what they did. Are they motivated by greed, altruism, or a respect for their craft?
  • Now You See Me unmasks some magic tricks, including some fairly elaborate illusions that people readily believe. Why do you think they do? What is the film saying about performers like these?
  • Are the characters role models? Are they intended to be? Can you think of other law-breaking characters who are presented sympathetically?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Justice circles back, even if it takes years. Also, ingenuity and hard work pay off, with patience.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: In many ways, the leads of Now You See Me, magicians and mentalists who call themselves the Four Horsemen, aren't really role models. They scheme, steal, and fool. But it's not for personal gain, which is somewhat admirable. A man comments about a central female character's weight twice.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A few action-packed fight scenes that look brutal, though viewers don't see any gore: A man's sleeve is trapped in a garbage disposal, and there's lots of kicking, punching, and head-banging. Guns are drawn. In one pretty gnarly car chase, a car tumbles after hitting a median, with the driver dying in a fiery crash.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Flirty banter and a sweet kiss. A girl strips to her underwear and makes out with a guy. Some innuendo. A woman is very briefly seen topless in a Mardis Gras crowd; hands are covering her breasts.

  • language false3

    Language: Includes several uses of "s--t," plus "bulls--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "ass," "hell," "damn," "crap," "goddamn," "oh my God," and the like.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Several labels seen/mentioned: MGM Grand, Starbucks, Skype, Nokia, BMW.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character is shown drinking too much at a bar. The next day he references getting drunk.