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The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019)



Critic Consensus: The Amazing Johnathan Documentary sets out to survey a magician's final tour -- and ends up pulling off some wildly ambitious tricks of its own.

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What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician -- "The Amazing Johnathan" -- becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion.


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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18)

As a device for a film it's interesting to a point -- but it didn't fully work its magic on me.

November 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary starts as a blast but as the journey progresses, becomes ever more slippery: Is Szeles tricking Berman? Is Berman bamboozling us? The answer is entertaining and frustrating in equal measures.

November 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's compelling stuff: funny, moving and, yes, often amazing. Johnathan is a slippery subject, but in Berman he has a committed chronicler, who is even prepared to smoke meth with him on camera.

November 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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A daft, dazzling exercise in reflexivity, albeit a somewhat familiar one.

November 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's an enjoyable, dizzying spiral of a story...

November 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For 91 tiring minutes, director Ben Berman sort of tells a story that is sort of interesting but maybe not really, padding the film with selfie footage of his own chaotic production problems.

November 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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