Down-on-his-luck Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) reunites with his old partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) to take on hip illusionist Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) in this comedy from prolific television director Don Scardino. Partners for 30 years, illusionists Burt and Anton made the Las Vegas Strip a magical place to be. But lately Burt and Anton’s ticket sales have plummeted right alongside their once-strong partnership, allowing gritty street wizard Steve Gray (Carrey) an opportunity to steal their runic thunder. Now, in order for old dogs Burt and Anton to reclaim their rightful status as the best magicians on the Strip, they must learn some dazzling new tricks, and patch up their fractured friendship in the process. Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini co-star.
“The gleam of madness in Carrey’s eye finds a perfect home in this role, which has him upping the ante on how far he’ll go, all as a way to bedazzle jaded audiences.” — Grade: B- (Entertainment Weekly)
3 stars out of 4 — “[T]his is also one dark and wickedly funny comedy….As the crusty, slightly insane old-schooler with a few tricks up his sleeve, Arkin is a marvel.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Neatly balancing brightly sentimental comedy with slightly edgier funny business, THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE pulls off the impressive trick of generating laughs on a consistent basis…” (Variety)