Excerpt: The Film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone should be funny enough to make your face hurt. It's got a stellar cast, which includes Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Alan Arkin and James Gandolfini.
Excerpt: There are some movies that I look forward to, others that I wonder what happened to and then others that somewhat surprise me. I’d seen some trailers for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and I’m a fan of Steve Carell in passing, though there are others out there that I find far more amusing.
Summary: I’m often asked for the recipe to my meatballs. I don’t want to brag, but they appear to be a hit each time I’ve made them. It’s amazing the amount of trouble they can get me out of here at home. I’m sure Scardino is likely fielding a ton of similar questions on the road promoting the film.
Conclusion: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is quite average as far as comedies go, but a little better than its off-putting marketing campaign and scarcely-attended theatrical run suggest. It's the type of movie most likely to delight the casual moviegoer unaware of or unbothered by its formulas.
Conclusion: Given the cast and the plot, 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' had the potential to amaze and astound audiences with the magic of comedy. Instead, director Don Scardino delivers a less-than-average endurance stunt without a significant payoff, becoming an embarrassing blemish on the resumes of...
Excerpt: Jay Mohr is funny, a sidetracked street magician with a sub-par career as Rick the Implausible. His performance reigns in Burt Wonderstone; he is in the movie for five minutes, and its highlight. This is going to sting. Led by comedic titans in Steve Carrell, Jim Carrey, and Steve Buscemi (?
Conclusion: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone doesn’t deliver near enough magic to warrant highly recommending it to anyone. It should have learned to trick the audience into laughing more. It’s a modern paint by numbers character based comedy.
Excerpt: In Martin Scorsese's exquisite Hugo , the mechanics of illusion are rightly depicted as the first steps toward the mechanics of the cinema, making for a heady and genuinely heartwarming study of the very real work of movie magic.
Summary: Far from a great film, but still a pleasant experience, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is a good way to be entertained for a little while, and it doesn’t require a significant emotional investment.