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  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though all the elements are in place, there's not much magic to be found in Death Defying Acts, an intermittently entertaining but surprisingly modest romance from Gillian Armstrong. show more

  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    What it lacks is a villain, and magic without danger is simply a parlor trick, which is what the film becomes. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The ingredients are there for a cute con game, but instead the movie turns out to be a mushy melodrama. show more

  • 80
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly

    This won't be remembered as one of the prodigiously talented Armstrong's great films (My Brilliant Career, High Tide, Little Women), but it's still 90 percent better than everything else out there. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    Far more diverting and well crafted than its promotion-free release campaign might suggest. Then again, for a film largely based on the notion that "nothing is what it seems," such lowered expectations may actually work in its favor. show more

  • 60
    Slate

    A minor but satisfying entry in the "what if" historical-fantasy genre. show more

  • 40
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    A handsome contraption that's never very engaging, let alone convincing. show more

  • 30
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    Ms. Zeta-Jones is too elegant for the lowlife she's supposed to be, Ms. Ronan isn't endearing enough to be a ragamuffin, and, under Gillian Armstrong's direction, never for a minute do you believe they're mother and daughter. show more

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