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Illusion

Illusion (2006)

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Renowned director Douglas Baines takes pause for a rare moment of self-reflection at the end of his life. Master of the romantic pictures, Baines himself never married and was emotionally unable to claim the child born of an on-set affair. Now on his deathbed, he is troubled by thoughts of the son he never came forth to claim. The son, Christopher, is haunted by the knowledge that his father never wanted him. Now, surrounded by hospice staff, Baines seems ready to admit defeat until Stan, the

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May 29, 2007

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There's a sincerity to the filmmaking here that's at times quite touching: Illusion presents a portrait of true love that's as picture perfect as the sunny spring garden in which we see Isabelle.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Douglas does his best acting while watching and reacting to what he sees on screen. If this ends up being his cinematic swan song, it will not have been a bad way to go.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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No doubt the director worked with what he could get, and was extremely fortunate that he could get an icon of the screen to bless his project.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

One of the worst dramas I have ever seen. In fact, this movie is so dramatically inept that I wanted to tear my eyeballs out.

March 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Unavoidably, there are some sugary moments and clichés such as rain-soaked kisses and outlandish "artistic" stage performances, but [Illusion] keeps hold of that just-another-day-in-Hollywood feeling.

February 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Several of its transitions are glaringly contrived, and its morality tale never quite comes together to be the shattering spiritual experience it wants to be.

February 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's a joy to see Kirk Douglas on screen again. That's not quite enough to make this...recommendable, but it's a reason you might want to take a look at it despite the flaws.

February 21, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Filmmaking at its most sappy.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The unabashed melodrama of the flashbacks and present-day climax can't compete with the theatrical oomph provided by Douglas and Marasco...at the picture's spine.

February 17, 2006
Groucho Reviews

Ironically, for a movie about the film business, Illusion is shot on grungy video and looks terrible.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

You don't want to miss this little gem of a film.

January 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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