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Now You See Me (12A)

Crime, Thriller

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

The critical consensus

A summer movie not about superheroes is to be welcomed, even if Now You See Me offers the mindless showmanship of a David Copperfield, rather than a real master like Ricky Jay.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 06/06/2013

Director Louis Leterrier and co-writer Boaz Yakin shift characters around like a game of Find the Lady, but this flashy, flat, dispiritingly personality-free drama is more likely to make audiences disappear.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 30/06/2013

Magicians as criminals is a marvellous conceit and Louis Leterrier gets a great deal of entertainment out of it, but it can’t disguise a weak end with smoke and mirrors.

***(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 01/07/2013

The sizzle starts to go out of the picture as the focus shifts from the characters to the trickeries of an increasingly preposterous plot. But it entertains.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 04/07/2013

Old-timers Morgan Freeman (an embittered magician) and Michael Caine (a business mogul) lend the film what little gravitas it has.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 04/07/2013

The magicians themselves have to be interesting characters, quite aside from their supposed skills. That trick doesn't come off.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/07/2013

A fairly unmagical couple of hours at the cinema.

Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 07/07/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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