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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 4, 2011
...in its antique colored light and the stubborn persistence of its uncomputerized 2-D, [it] evokes a quality of feeling that Toy Story 3 did not ... It's not just that we outgrow our toys ...sometimes the world outgrows us...
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 2, 2011
The Illusionist is the next best thing to a new Tati movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 24, 2011
Feels transported from a time and place perceived as simpler and more innocent, but which actually was less complex only on the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 17, 2011
If Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist isn't a masterpiece, it will do nicely till one comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 12, 2011
It's a lovingly crafted film that smoothly alternates between being bittersweet and simply sweet, yet the occasionally aloof visual style frequently keeps it at arm's length from our emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
February 11, 2011
Like taking a trip back in time to a place where jokes don't beat you over the head with their wry, nod and wink irony, The Illusionist caters to a more mannered, more quixotic age.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 11, 2011
When the shadow of fluttering book pages on a wall seems to become a bird in flight, the prosaic becomes transcendent, in contradiction of the film's stated insistence that magic isn't real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 11, 2011
It's beautifully drawn -- really drawn, with hardly any computer effects -- and has an elegiac tone and bits of quirky humor. But it wouldn't win a footrace with a snail, and the narrative amounts to nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 11, 2011
The Illusionist is absolutely mandatory viewing for aspiring animators and filmmakers. (In terms of pacing, scoring, editing, and narrative, it's a film school unto itself.) For the rest of us, however, it's simply magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 11, 2011
Tati's masterful mime easily inspires an animated treatment, recapturing his graceful comic body language and 'no subtitles required' international appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 11, 2011
Charming and graceful, The Illusionist tells a gorgeous tale of love and loss with delicate whimsy and tender humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 10, 2011
The film ends on a note of graceful, heartbreaking beauty that Tati would have admired for its lack of sentimentality. A lot of what precedes that ending, though, is precious and slight and a little too fanciful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
February 9, 2011
Chomet adapted an unproduced screenplay by Jacques Tati, whom Tatischeff resembles and, in a meta moment, sees when he ducks into a theater showing Tati's Mon Oncle. It is just one simple amusement in a lovingly crafted film of plenty.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
February 9, 2011
The real reason little ones might not enjoy The Illusionist is that it's simply not intended for them. It's a poignant tale about regret, generosity and ungratefulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 8, 2011
Anybody willing to forgo the rapid-fire approach of most of today's animated pictures should find this gentle, warmhearted fable a quiet charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
February 7, 2011
The story has a delicate bittersweet tone much too rarely present in contemporary films.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
February 6, 2011
In a Spartan eighty minutes, layers of visual, narrative and character detail are fluidly conveyed, doubly so for a film that contains no dialogues.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 5, 2011
Despite its humor and its distinctive, winning look, it's still a difficult film to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 4, 2011
This is a remarkable movie: lovely, slow-paced and almost silent, rich with pathos and deft comic gestures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
February 4, 2011
Comparing content, originality and style, Sylvain Chomet could be the best of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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