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The Illusionist Reviews

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Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
August 17, 2006
so much disappointment, tinged with boredom.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
August 16, 2006
A handsomely constructed but decidedly minor sleight of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric D. Snider
March 4, 2006
It's a marginal story, and passionless in the way it's been antiseptically brought to the screen, but it's not unenjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
August 18, 2006
The essential smack of trickery is lost throughout the picture every time an obvious effect is used, which eventually spills over into the story elements when Burger goes for toothless attempts at misdirection.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Medsker
August 19, 2006
The movie's biggest flaw is, for a story about illusion, it is not very good at misdirection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 18, 2006
Writer/director Neil Burger does everything he ought to do, but also fails to take any chances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
September 2, 2006
The bits never add up to anything resembling a satisfying whole and while you keep expecting a film with a cast of this caliber to eventually pull a rabbit or two out of thin air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 21, 2006
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Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
Eric Melin
August 31, 2006 a made-for-TV movie that asks nothing more of you than to figure out its own particular brand of slight-of-hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stuart McGurk
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kim Voynar
August 27, 2006
Like a fun house mirror, Burger's story is never quite what you think it is; just when you think you have things figured out, you don't ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
August 17, 2006
Even when the movie tries to pull a fast one, like most illusions, the explanation is nowhere near as intriguing as the deception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
August 17, 2006
Edward Norton is the illusionist, Paul Giamatti is the inspector out to ruin him, but it is director Neil Burger who makes the passion and excitement disappear.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Axmaker
June 4, 2006
Crafted with a budget-minded luscious sense of period detail to distract from the rudimentary direction and clumsy screenwriting...
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
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
Top Critic
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 18, 2006
It does not dazzle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 21, 2006
The ludicrous climax, full of run-that-by-me-again flashbacks delivered at Keystone-cop speed -- oh, if only he could make that disappear.
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