The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 15, 2013
An 80-minute, hand-drawn animated French film without dialogue and with one of the most depressing finale acts ever committed to celluloid: this is The Illusionist. It's also some sort of divine masterpiece.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
There's plenty of crack-a-smile humor, but the underlying mood recalls the diminuendo stretches in a Jacques Tati film.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
Pictures speak louder than words, and what 'The Illusionist' speaks loudest about is the notion that what we do for a living is not nearly as important as how we choose to do our living.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 27, 2013
Hand drawn animation that is as soft and charming as the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
Director Sylvain Chomet manages to rouse a lot of smirks and smiles through the small nuance and inferences that were Tati's signature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 28, 2011
Whilst they hardly say a word, I felt much sorrow for these two lonely characters and the changing world in which they find themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 17, 2011
Funny, sweet, nostalgic and ultimately heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 23, 2011
Chomet makes good use of incidental showbiz characters, acrobats and ventriloquist in particular. He also includes some spectacular sweeps of urban scapes, revelling in the mastery of his craft
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 23, 2011
The exquisite illustrative signature style of Sylvain Chomet leaves a haunting impression in this whimsical tale about an illusionist who delights a young girl with magic
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011
... A glorious revival of the neglected art of near silent comedy.
Eric Melin
June 5, 2011
It gets a little too submerged in pathos for its own good sometimes, though, and could use a little more humor with its nostalgic tone, [but it's] an expressive and lovely film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
May 26, 2011
... a delicate and delightful piece of old-fashioned hand-drawn animation where character is in body language and personality in the "performance."
Louis Proyect
May 25, 2011
Mostly worth seeing for its elegant "old school" cels. However, the relationship between the elderly magician and the girl who tags along with him is never very moving despite all the intentions of the screenwriter and director.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
April 1, 2011
A beautifully crafted, nevertheless slight animated feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Scott
March 18, 2011
A remarkably uncomplicated story -- a beautifully uncomplicated story, really -- about the love between daddies and their little girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 16, 2011
To give Tati his posthumous chance to express a very sad story may have been Chomet's only true course, and, to be honest, the film is beautifully, thoughtfully realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 14, 2011
The story is rather cold and uninvolving, but the very look of the movie is striking and never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
March 14, 2011
So wistful it just about dissolves as you watch it
Anders Wotzke
March 7, 2011
Silence has rarely been so telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
Like Chomet's "The Triplets of Belleville," it's a lovingly crafted animated film that invites the audience to luxuriate in the hand-painted visuals, to chuckle at the small jokes stuffed into the corners of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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