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The Prestige Reviews

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James Berardinelli
October 21, 2006
Watching The Prestige is like observing a magic act where the magician's sleight-of-hand isn't deft enough. The trick almost works, but not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 19, 2006
The Prestige gets to be a bit of a grind after a while, despite all the finery and the elegantly detailed atmosphere.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Risible inanity
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2006
Audiences might enjoy this cinematic sleight of hand, but the key characters are such single-minded, calculating individuals that the real magic would be to find any heart in this tale.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 16, 2006
Underneath the film's tantalizing stratagems lies little more than mundane truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Beth Accomando
October 28, 2006
What The Prestige and filmmaker Nolan seem to have forgotten about magic is the very important element of misdirection. Without misdirection, an audience is bound to discover the trick and not be impressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 20, 2006
The film's title is defined as the big finish to a magic trick, but the prestige of The Prestige just lies there like an abracadaver.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
In a movie about people who make their livings on misdirection, The Prestige utterly forgets to employ its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dan Lybarger
October 22, 2006
'The Prestige' is one of those weird movies that plays better in memory than it does on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 22, 2006
Though mostly a leaden affair, it has its few diversionary magical moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 19, 2006
Parts of the film really stand out, but taken as a whole, it's a labyrinth of conflicting ideas.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 20, 2006
By describing the structure of a great trick in a movie about a great trick, The Prestige makes a promise it can't keep. Its third act is about as convincing as a photo of a cow jumping over the moon.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 20, 2006
Unfortunately the script is too smart for its own good.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 20, 2006
Siblings Jonathan and Christopher Nolan's adaptation of the novel by Christopher Priest offers three acts of exasperating muddle.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2006
Director Nolan's fascination with magic and with tricks in general comes through without question, but he approaches the subject with a seriousness that soon turns grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark Bell
Film Threat
October 24, 2006
It's a magic trick that's all showmanship and craft, but lacking true whimsy, ultimately failing the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Medley
October 19, 2006
Despite good acting and direction, the dénouement in the film was so feeble it rendered the entire movie meaningless.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 23, 2006
Nolan has nothing special up his sleeve in this hazy smoke-and-mirrors drama, especially in Jackman's climactic trick that's too sci-fi and fantastic to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
November 6, 2006
... this odd tale about obsessive Victorian-era magicians and their blood feud isn't nearly as enchanting as it should be.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
November 2, 2006
The PrestigeH is infused with faux intellectualism -- it pretends to be more cerebral than it really is, when all it really wants to do is be the new Sixth Sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
October 29, 2006

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January 5, 2007

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