Excerpt: Woody Allen has written extensively on [philosophy, religion and magic] over the course of his career, and it’s not hard to discern that he has little use for religion outside of a comedic context. At its best, however, Magic in the Moonlight feels like the work of a man approaching the end of his life and wondering about the possibility that he might be wrong.
Excerpt: Not all of Allen’s output needs to be great, but “Magic in the Moonlight’s” disarming, visually inviting sunniness isn’t enough, the story conflict so minor and the whole of the movie so light it could blow away like a dandelion. Slight, frothy charm can’t always carry the day.
Excerpt: Como filme isolado ou introdução a Allen não é de todo recomendável, a não ser que sejam admiradores dos protagonistas. Mas quem está acostumado a ver Allen no seu melhor e pior e o conhece desde os primeiros anos, terá muito com que se entreter a desconstruir “Magic in the Moonlight” nessas várias peças do que já fez antes e ver que, mesmo quando se repete, tem sempre algo de novo para mostrar.
Excerpt: Like a charming and steadfast fellow who comes to every function and politely asks you to dance, Woody Allen continues to churn out reliably entertaining fluff that it would be easy to take for granted. His new one, Magic in the Moonlight, has a subtext that takes on such cynical indifference, however; the notion that to dislike this darling confection would be to resign oneself to a self-imposed gloominess is built right in.
Excerpt: There will always be people who will avoid his movies because of their feelings about him, just as there are people who won’t go to a Wagner opera; but if we narrow our horizons to artists who are paragons of virtue, we’re going to miss out on a lot of good stuff. Magic in the Moonlight is good stuff. It would be a shame to miss it.