The Prestige Reviews

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 19, 2009
Until an inexplicably awful revelation at the end, The Prestige is a taut, exciting portrait of obsession and the dark competitive spirit of professional magicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Risible inanity
Justine Elias
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Although the slowish pacing early on over-indicates how both magicians' marquee misdirection (a disappearing act) will be achieved, The Prestige still manages a neat trick of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Show me a director better suited for a movie about magic than Christopher Nolan and I'll show you... a magician?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
The film is never less than engaging, though considering that the title The Prestige refers to the moment in a magic act that gives it its "wow" factor, it's kind of a shame that the ultimate "reveal" in the movie is a little too tricky for its own good.
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 17, 2008
"The Prestige" is a cinematic trick, nothing more, and the deadpan seriousness is part of the effect, and not an end in itself.
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
In a movie about people who make their livings on misdirection, The Prestige utterly forgets to employ its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2007
It's quite a movie -- atmospheric, obsessive, almost satanic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
August 13, 2007
Nolan balances Hollywood and indie sensibilities pulling off a film that is smart, complicated and carries a big look.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
As is his want, Mr. Nolan jumps between time periods and voice-overs with reckless abandon. The movie's real trick is that it all somehow manages to congeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2007
An example of old-fashioned storytelling, the kind of magical movie that could have been made fifty years ago and, consequently, will still be watched fifty years from now.
Dan Jardine
March 3, 2007
An interesting if not entirely satisfactory theatrical interpretation of magical rivalries.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 20, 2007 of those pictures where the journey is more important than the destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
The who's-bilking-whom mind games make for compelling fun, but once the presto moment of The Prestige is revealed, you're left with nothing but shattered illusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
February 1, 2007
The Prestige is a ridiculously, almost uncomfortably engaging film.
Luis Martinez
January 27, 2007
Mientras unos encontrarán enigma y adicción %u2014como si se tratase de una historia del genio Hitchcock%u2014 otros, aquellos que buscan el piso falso en el tablado del escenario, porque simplemente no creen en la verdadera magia, saldrán desilusionados
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 8, 2007
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Odd, but brilliantly so. It's a small film that feels big, a period drama that looks modern, defying comparison to anything but Nolan himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
Like a great magician, Nolan makes the pledge, takes the turn and delivers the prestige.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
December 6, 2006
Magical? Not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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