The Prestige Reviews
February 28, 2020
The Prestige does not impress as a magic act. It is an elaborate contraption that leaves the viewer confounded and confused, but never feeling particularly entertained or delighted by the performance.
February 28, 2008
In a movie about people who make their livings on misdirection, The Prestige utterly forgets to employ its own.
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.
November 18, 2006
Perhaps it is because the film focuses so much on the mechanical and the material that the sudden intrusion of the genuinely magical feels forced and even somewhat silly.
November 9, 2006
Not only does it tell you how it's all done, it takes so long about it that you've got time to look up its sleeves and work it out for yourself.
November 6, 2006
... this odd tale about obsessive Victorian-era magicians and their blood feud isn't nearly as enchanting as it should be.
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.
October 30, 2006
Watching Bowie as Thomas Edison's archenemy Nikola Tesla, you wish the role (a glorified cameo) were more integral to the story.
October 29, 2006
Clever story up the sleeve, but nothing in the way of the wonder of magic. Honestly, I found the mood rather miserable.
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.
October 25, 2006
The film is lavishly mounted, set-wise, costume-wise, makeup-wise and special-effects-wise. But the magicians themselves are cold and devious, and the chill permeates the whole film.
October 24, 2006
It's a magic trick that's all showmanship and craft, but lacking true whimsy, ultimately failing the audience.
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.
October 22, 2006
Though mostly a leaden affair, it has its few diversionary magical moments.
October 22, 2006
'The Prestige' is one of those weird movies that plays better in memory than it does on the screen.