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.
February 27, 2007
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.
February 23, 2007
It gives you a chance to warm to a couple of beautifully calibrated and engagingly understated performances.
February 3, 2007
You may be temporarily beguiled, but not fooled.
October 26, 2006
What (director Neil) Burger and his colleagues have done is to entrance us with a richly acted, beautifully produced story.
September 1, 2006
Conjures up a world of mystery, romance and suspense.
September 1, 2006
The story may be less than credible, but the performances are mostly good, and Giamatti makes an especially strong showing.
September 1, 2006
A pleasant diversion serious enough to offer a little soul.
August 25, 2006
While Burger's screenplay isn't always graceful, the movie's lovely enough that you might not notice.
August 25, 2006
Dogged by an inert, stale aura that overcomes everything and everyone in the movie.
August 25, 2006
Underneath its hocus-pocus is a compelling story, very well told.
August 25, 2006
Because the plot spins out in such a smooth fashion and the acting is so darned good, we're distracted from the film's flaws.
August 24, 2006
The Illusionist has several tricks up its sleeve, not the least of which is Edward Norton's impeccable performance as a master magician in turn-of-the-century Vienna.
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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