The Illusionist Reviews

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October 18, 2008
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.
August 4, 2007
March 13, 2007
Norton looks tortured and old before his time as the humourless Eisenheim.
March 3, 2007
In its unassuming way, the film shows that reality is more mystifying than illusion.
February 28, 2007
With exquisite performances (Giamatti's, in particular), it leaves you thrillingly hovering, happily uncommitted to any one interpretation.
February 27, 2007
Keeps you vaguely approaching the edge of your seat.
June 29, 2019
For a good while, The Illusionist is topflight entertainment, but viewers who can't anticipate the big twist should dig out those old Encyclopedia Brown paperbacks and begin rebuilding their sleuthing skills from there.
June 6, 2019
A magical and engrossing experience where nothing is ever what it seems.
March 1, 2018
I can assure you, with all confidence, that the movie is dumb. Really, really, dumb.
January 30, 2018
So, in short? Well, the scenery is very pleasant and this film would kill a couple of hours on a plane. But I don't think I'd advise schlepping to the cinema rather than, say, staying at home for a nap then a bit of cheese.
January 16, 2013
Dark, dazzling turns by Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel makes it achingly romantic.
February 18, 2012
May 15, 2011
A fond animated farewell to Jacques Tati
March 27, 2011
If nothing else, The Illusionist is worth watching solely for Giamatti's Oscar-caliber performance.
February 11, 2011
January 22, 2011
July 24, 2010
A wonderful period film first and secondarily an interesting mystery-romance that keeps you guessing about the big questions until late in the narrative.
July 7, 2010
Norton and Paul Giamatti perform wonders, but writer/director Neil Burger ruins the magic, exposing all of his story's tricks by the end.
January 22, 2010
Unabashedly old-fashioned and fantastically pulpy.
August 30, 2009
Straddles fascination and irritation
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