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The Illusionist Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
Dark, dazzling turns by Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel makes it achingly romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 15, 2011
A fond animated farewell to Jacques Tati
Joshua Starnes
March 27, 2011
If nothing else, The Illusionist is worth watching solely for Giamatti's Oscar-caliber performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

National Post
January 22, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010
Unabashedly old-fashioned and fantastically pulpy.
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Straddles fascination and irritation
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Mondello
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.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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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Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 10, 2007
The acts are beautifully mounted, the four central performances are excellent, and the exquisite photography is by Dick Pope, Mike Leigh's regular cameraman.
Matthew Turner
March 6, 2007
Norton is superb as Eisenheim although his clipped Viennese accent grates occasionally and makes him sound like John Malkovich on a bad day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 3, 2007
In its unassuming way, the film shows that reality is more mystifying than illusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
It's the terrific cast and nicely paced, weird tale that make this one worth the detour.
Top Critic
Nick Funnell
Time Out
February 28, 2007
With exquisite performances (Giamatti's, in particular), it leaves you thrillingly hovering, happily uncommitted to any one interpretation.
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
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