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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"All in all, it's a bit of a snore that falls back on romance when all else fails."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"All a 'what if' movie needs to win me over are some lush costumes and production design, a smart casting choice or two, and a really ridiculous basic idea. Death Defying Acts obliges on all fronts."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"It's a shame that the story itself feels like smoke and mirrors with nowhere to go, wanting to have its cake and eat it too."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's a movie that seems to have been lavished with care and performed with gusto, yet its tale of fakery sounds its own knell: there's not a believable moment in it."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"It all looks pretty enough - but well before the end you'll be plotting your escape."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Pearce's boys-adventure take on the vaudeville legend is a hoot, though not nearly as laughable as the dialogue or Zeta-Jones's pitiful attempts at basic emoting."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Director Gillian Armstrong is more attentive to decor than the story, which never seems in a hurry to get anyplace in particular and concludes with a thud."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Death Defying Acts is a hugely enjoyable, impressively directed drama with superb performances and an emotionally engaging script. Terrific final scene too. Highly recommended."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A watchable, enjoyable but fairly forgettable film, Death Defying Acts has plenty of smoke and mirrors and not quite enough magic."
‑ , Sun Online
"This is better than the dull Edward Norton vehicle The Illusionist, all involved should have conjured up a companion piece to Christopher Nolan's The Prestige."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"What the film loses in momentum as the romance takes over, it gains in sex appeal as its two attractive actors make their own kind of magic."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Zeta-Jones and Pearce don't have much chemistry, the script lacks any significant depth and the direction feels oddly uninspired."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"It's all a touch undercooked and dull."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's pretty but dull, with Pearce and Zeta-Jones never convincing as supposedly hot-for-each other rivals."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"And while less magical than The Prestige, it's perfectly charming matinée fare."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
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