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The Illusionist Reviews

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Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
February 27, 2007
Keeps you guessing and wondering right up until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
Total Film
February 27, 2007
Magic and love but not a lot of passion in this patchy period piece that could have been The Prestige's smarter cousin, yet trips over its own ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ailsa Caine
Little White Lies
February 27, 2007
Keeps you vaguely approaching the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
February 27, 2007
It's not on a gasp-inducing making-the-Statue-Of-Liberty-disappear level, but with its opulent presentation and confident storytelling, The Illusionist has the power to keep an audience rapt like a good old-fashioned card trick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt McNally
February 27, 2007
Not everyone will be taken in by the plot's final twist, but even if you guess how Eisenheim does it, you'll be won over by his showmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 23, 2007
With Edward Norton at his striking best as The Illusionist, this is a stylish film filled with intrigue and presented with flair - like a good magic trick
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
February 23, 2007
It gives you a chance to warm to a couple of beautifully calibrated and engagingly understated performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 6, 2007
Un atractivo y satisfactorio pasatiempo sin mayores pretensiones que las de entretener, fascinar y eventualmente sorprender a su espectador.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
You may be temporarily beguiled, but not fooled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 11, 2007
a well-written piece, not something you'll see all the time in Hollywood
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
I will say that THE ILLUSIONIST is a very beautiful movie to watch, with elegant costumes by Ngila Dickson, a sumptuous production design by Ondrej Nekvasil, and gorgeous cinematography by Dick Pope. The score by Philip Glass also adds immensely to one
Full Review | Original Score: B+
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 4, 2007
A gorgeous-looking movie featuring a fascinating lead character.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jordan Hiller
December 31, 2006
The Illusionist is intent on maintaining a serious and sinister, yet serene temper allowing its four main characters to play off each other and explore their individual dynamic as each represents a different segment on the wheel of good and evil that is e
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 30, 2006
I don't even like magic, but the film imbues Norton's tricks with so much emotion and wonder that they become something more than tricks; they're more like expressions of the character's damaged psyche.
| Original Score: 3/4
Luis Martinez
December 24, 2006
La cinta es en definitiva una grata sorpresa, pero especial ovación merece el trabajo de Dick Pope, fotógrafo, quien logra un resultado sobresaliente.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 7, 2006
Somos atirados para fora do cinema com a sensação de termos visto um um mágico incompetente que, sem perceber que podíamos enxergar as cartas em sua manga e as orelhas do coelho saindo da cartola, sai de cena com a certeza absoluta de que enganou a todos.
| Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 30, 2006
This film looks so good, and has such a strong cast, that some viewers won't notice how corny the script is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2006
A lush period film with great production values, a clever story and excellent acting performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 26, 2006
What (director Neil) Burger and his colleagues have done is to entrance us with a richly acted, beautifully produced story.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 25, 2006
The film's best effects are Norton's compellingly enigmatic performance and Giamatti's considerable sympathy and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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