Rated PG-13 · 100 minutes · 2013

This movie feels like it should’ve come out in the ’80s, but it probably would’ve sucked then, too. Steve Carell stars as the title character, a Vegas magician who does a Siegfried & Roy-type show with his childhood friend and current stage partner (Steve Buscemi). Not only does Burt have a falling out with his partner, but he also gets stiff competition from a Criss Angel/David Blaine type played by Jim Carrey. Had the movie put the Carrey character as the focus, it probably would’ve been better. He gets a few good laughs as a human piñata and when he intentionally drills a hole in his head. But whenever the film deals exclusively with Burt’s fall from grace, it’s a straight-up dud. Olivia Wilde actually gets more laughs than Carell in this movie, so that’s a problem.

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Official Site: www.theincredibleburtwonderstone.com
Director: Don Scardino
Producer: Chris Bender, Steve Carell, Jake Weiner, Tyler Mitchell, Diana Pokorny, Vance DeGeneres, Charlie Hartsock, J.C. Spink, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter
Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Michael Herbig, Mason Cook, Luke Vanek, Zachary Gordon, Richard Wolffe, Erin Burnett, Brad Garrett, David Copperfield, Fiona Hale, Sonya Eddy, Ron Ostrow and Joshua Erenberg


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Colorado Springs Independent Joking hazard: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Often, nothing kills a joke faster than analyzing it. by Scott Renshaw 03/13/2013
North Coast Journal Called It Halle Berry and Steve Carell phone it in with a pair of generic Hollywood duds by John J. Bennett 03/21/2013
The Coast Halifax The Incredible Burt Wonderstone "He who wastes Olivia Wilde shall forever harbour regret" -proverb I made up just now by Jacob Boon 03/14/2013
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Charleston City Paper Burt Wonderstone is hilarious when it's not trying to be sincere Much like former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's legendary line about pornography, comedy is an "I know it when I see it" proposition. Nothing will kill a joke faster than trying to analyze it, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone offers a useful teaching moment in comedy principles. by Scott Renshaw 03/13/2013
Portland Mercury Sleight of Hand The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: guilty of comedy murder. by Wm. Steven Humphrey 03/13/2013
Arkansas Times Almost magic 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' is all mixed up. by Sam Eifling 03/21/2013

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