The Prestige Reviews

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June 20, 2019
When you discover the secret to a magic trick, all you want is to re-watch it and see if you can spot the illusion, so too does The Prestige demand repeat viewings.
November 10, 2018
Nolan's most perfect commentary on his favourite auteur theme of mise en abyme, as both magicians in their own ways make near Faustian pacts for their climactic 'prestige'.
November 2, 2018
Although the film's stunning reveals make the audience realise it has been duped... there is a protagonist to empathise with each time.
November 2, 2018
While you're looking here, it's executing a trick there, and the film is, in fact, structured like a magic act with three parts called the Pledge, the Turn and the Prestige.
November 2, 2018
Yes, the film is built on deceptions, and yes, it features a series of interconnected twists, but like all good movies and magic tricks, it doesn't lose any glory in a repeated performance or viewing, only gains it.
November 2, 2018
Nolan has conjured a bold mix of thriller and period piece, with even a precocious dab of science fiction.
September 19, 2009
Until an inexplicably awful revelation at the end, The Prestige is a taut, exciting portrait of obsession and the dark competitive spirit of professional magicians.
August 28, 2009
Risible inanity
April 23, 2009
Although the slowish pacing early on over-indicates how both magicians' marquee misdirection (a disappearing act) will be achieved, The Prestige still manages a neat trick of its own.
November 20, 2008
Show me a director better suited for a movie about magic than Christopher Nolan and I'll show you... a magician?
October 18, 2008
The film is never less than engaging, though considering that the title The Prestige refers to the moment in a magic act that gives it its "wow" factor, it's kind of a shame that the ultimate "reveal" in the movie is a little too tricky for its own good.
April 17, 2008
"The Prestige" is a cinematic trick, nothing more, and the deadpan seriousness is part of the effect, and not an end in itself.
February 28, 2008
In a movie about people who make their livings on misdirection, The Prestige utterly forgets to employ its own.
September 7, 2007
It's quite a movie -- atmospheric, obsessive, almost satanic.
August 13, 2007
Nolan balances Hollywood and indie sensibilities pulling off a film that is smart, complicated and carries a big look.
July 14, 2007
As is his want, Mr. Nolan jumps between time periods and voice-overs with reckless abandon. The movie's real trick is that it all somehow manages to congeal.
March 24, 2007
An example of old-fashioned storytelling, the kind of magical movie that could have been made fifty years ago and, consequently, will still be watched fifty years from now.
March 3, 2007
An interesting if not entirely satisfactory theatrical interpretation of magical rivalries.
February 20, 2007
...one of those pictures where the journey is more important than the destination.
February 3, 2007
The who's-bilking-whom mind games make for compelling fun, but once the presto moment of The Prestige is revealed, you're left with nothing but shattered illusions.
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