The Illusionist Reviews

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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.
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
June 17, 2009
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.
April 29, 2009
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.
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.
April 22, 2008
Never quite the sum of its parts, this would-be intelligent thriller coasts by on strong supporting performances from Giamatti, Sewell and Biel.
March 30, 2007
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.
March 24, 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.
March 15, 2007
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.
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