Now You See Me (2013) Review

This film looked good and I expected something clever and fun based off the trailer and story. Well after seeing it I got one of those, it was definitely fun but not very smart at all. The film was filled plot problems but runs at fast speed so you don’t notice many. The cast is alright and some are funny but the characters don’t get fleshed out and I couldn’t care less about them. The magic is weak and I expect smarter tricks than what I actually saw. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.

“If you could re-enact that look of absolute befuddlement, it would be perfect for the cover of my DVD.”



NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended

Story: 70%     Acting: 65%     Characters: 60%     Dialogue: 70%

Mystery & Suspense: 50%     Style/Sound: 70%     Visuals: 80%

Total: 66%


The story is shockingly predictable but it doesn’t help that the characters basically tell you where it’s going, here’s the big clue “The closer you look, the less you see” using the films own logic it was really easy to figure it out and I did way too early! Half way through the damn film. The acting is pretty good even if I think that Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine where terribly wasted in this film. Mark Ruffalo had the most well fleshed character and even he was skin and bone, but my favourite character was played by Woody Harrelson and I’d have liked to have seen much more of him.


The dialogue was pretty weak with nothing really memorable; they had lots of opportunities to have some great dialogue but never made it happen. Magicians should be able to produce some fun and memorable lines after all they are on stage talking all the time but am afraid there really isn’t much at all. On the magic side of things how dull were these tricks, such a lack of imagination for this film. I’ve seen more tricks on Britain’s Got Talent and this had a fairly big budget for special effects. Of course that’s the problem with magic in films, I already know it’s all CGI but if Prestige can do it there’s really no excuse.



The best reviews I found would be these:

“At the end, it is a fun film that anybody can enjoy and have some fun with if they have the time to spare.” The Filmster. Full Review 

“The film keeps things fast paced in order to cover its deficiencies, and it is fairly fun if you’re willing to experience the film unquestioningly.” Fogs’ Movie Reviews. Full Review 

“I was never bored. I never checked my watch. I enjoyed some of the performances, particularly from Laurent. But there are just too many stinking flaws to give the movie a recommendation.” Keith and the Movies. Full Review 

“Now You See Me features an intriguing premise and a set of very entertaining performances from The Four Horsemen themselves, but an over-reliance on hollow twists and turns keep it from true greatness.” Rorschach Reviews. Full Review 


My favourite scene would be anything with Woody Harrelson in because he always made me laugh when he was on screen. Before you say I am just a Woody fan am not but he was good in the few scenes he appeared in in this film.


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28 responses to “Now You See Me (2013) Review”

  1. Nostra says :

    Like you I had fun watching this, but I will have to admit that the twist at the end made no sense at all and was really stupid. I wished either Caine’s and/or Freeman’s character would be part of it.


  2. table9mutant says :

    Great review. We totally agree on this one! 🙂


  3. Nerdy Girl Ramblings says :

    I agree with what you said, completely (I loved Woody Harrelson’s character), but I did enjoy it, probably, a bit more than you did. I was disappointed that the film was so “heist-y”, I wanted more magic and quantity is definitely priority over quality at times but I thought it was pretty fun. Plus I really like Mark Ruffalo in general.


  4. Lights Camera Reaction says :

    Nice review. I’ll catch this one when it comes out DVD.
    How was Laurent?


  5. CMrok93 says :

    Good review man. It was a fun movie that I definitely enjoyed, I just wish it didn’t try so hard to fool me into believing that all I was seeing could actually be taken in for reality, and not for granted.


  6. keith7198 says :

    Thanks for the mention. I was pretty underwhelmed with this thing. Or kept feeling like it should have been better.


  7. Tom says :

    Nice review Tim. I personally wouldn’t have called it a predictable film, unless you’re M. Night Shamylan himself. (Without going into spoilers: it would be interesting to see what that dude would say about the twist. Me, on the other hand, I didn’t see that coming, which is why it pissed me off all the more that it had to happen.) It was a pretty cliched movie, I’d give you that. But either way, I’m more or less in agreement here, too. It squandered a lot of its potential.


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      They screamed who was behind it all throughout the film. “The closer you look the less you see”, so who’s the person you would be most unlikely to look at as anything magiciany, clearly the detective who’s hunting them 😀

      And don’t get me started on the room with the safe! The patterns where exactly the same as the rabbit box! What moron made this?! Sorry Tom 😀


  8. Mark Hobin says :

    I agree with your assmement. I enjoyed it about the same maybe a little more.

    However this didn’t seem predictable to me at all. How about that convoluted ending? For example the clarification of what actually happens during a car crash is completely ludicrous. How did you predict that?


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      At that point I thought I was in a Fast and furious film because it was so overly complicated and ridiculously told. Magic is supposed to be subtle and trick the mind not some daft stunt work 😦

      Favourite scene?


  9. theipc says :

    After The Social Network I refuse to watch anything with Jesse E in it ever again.



  10. ruth says :

    You’re far too generous, ahah. I thought this was ludicrous and rather boring. I agree Woody Harrelson was fun to watch but even he couldn’t save this stinker.


  11. Erik says :

    Good Review Tim! It tries to be smart and ends up being ridiculous however if you don’t take it seriously it is quite enjoyable.


  12. Nick Powell says :

    Thanks for mentioning how predictable and generally weak it is. I feel like I was one of the few that didn’t really like it. I was so bored and tired by it all that I almost walked out. Ruffalo was the only one with any substance (which is far from what the ads will tell you), but it’s just too blah to really care about. More Harrelson would definitely have saved it (slightly).


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