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The Illusionist Reviews

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Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Dark, dazzling turns by Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel makes it achingly romantic.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 16, 2013
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

A fond animated farewell to Jacques Tati

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

May 15, 2011
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

If nothing else, The Illusionist is worth watching solely for Giamatti's Oscar-caliber performance.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

March 27, 2011
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A wonderful period film first and secondarily an interesting mystery-romance that keeps you guessing about the big questions until late in the narrative.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

July 24, 2010
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

Norton and Paul Giamatti perform wonders, but writer/director Neil Burger ruins the magic, exposing all of his story's tricks by the end.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2010
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper

Unabashedly old-fashioned and fantastically pulpy.

Full Review Source: Baltimore City Paper

January 22, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Straddles fascination and irritation

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique

Director Neil Burger effectively evokes a sense of mystery and magic, but the plot grinds too methodically to match the dazzle of the title character's on-stage illusions.

Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

June 17, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An immaculate and utterly gorgeous murder mystery with the trifecta of wonderful direction, great acting, and a plot that twists and turns at every such occasion.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 29, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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The line between truth and illusion is blurred so persuasively that for a moment or two, you may even believe that a romantic costume drama could stand up to all those special-effects blockbusters in the dog days of summer.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008

Never quite the sum of its parts, this would-be intelligent thriller coasts by on strong supporting performances from Giamatti, Sewell and Biel.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2008
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper

Just as two Truman Capote biopics came in subsequent Oscar seasons, so two period films about stage magicians appear with only winter to separate them. And, frankly, The Illusionist has missed a trick.

Full Review Source: thelondonpaper | Original Score: 2/5

March 30, 2007

Despite its two strong lead performances and terrific visual verve, The Illusionist ends up as a great example of an overly ambitious movie that's not quite sure what it wants to be.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

An early flashback scene indicates how The Illusionist might have played like The Princess Bride for the tea and scone set. Instead it's just a nobly acted stage mystery.

Full Review

March 15, 2007
James Christopher
Times [UK]

Norton looks tortured and old before his time as the humourless Eisenheim.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The acts are beautifully mounted, the four central performances are excellent, and the exquisite photography is by Dick Pope, Mike Leigh's regular cameraman.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 10, 2007
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Norton is superb as Eisenheim although his clipped Viennese accent grates occasionally and makes him sound like John Malkovich on a bad day.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

March 6, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

In its unassuming way, the film shows that reality is more mystifying than illusion.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

It's the terrific cast and nicely paced, weird tale that make this one worth the detour.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Nick Funnell
Time Out
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With exquisite performances (Giamatti's, in particular), it leaves you thrillingly hovering, happily uncommitted to any one interpretation.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 28, 2007
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