The Prestige Reviews

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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.
September 7, 2007
It's quite a movie -- atmospheric, obsessive, almost satanic.
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 25, 2006
It's a very cool piece of filmmaking -- as it has to be, given the intellectual sleight-of-hand that lies at its heart. Yet it succeeds as both great entertainment and an absorbing rumination on the dangers of playing God.
November 11, 2006
Gripping, suspenseful, mysterious, moving and often darkly funny.
November 11, 2006
The Prestige is a superb puzzle-box thriller.
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.
October 25, 2006
Jackman and Bale give standout performances as rivals whose mutual obsession destroys all sense of perspective and ruins lives.
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 23, 2006
It doesn't want to explore epistemological questions about the nature of perception and memory; it just wants to mess with our heads. And as a wily, slightly sadistic chess game of a movie, it succeeds quite nicely.
October 21, 2006
The Prestige is a trick box with too many false bottoms.
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.
October 20, 2006
The Prestige's chief pleasure lies in [Jackman and Bale's] increasingly ornate games of deception, which Nolan orchestrates with a showman's aplomb.
October 20, 2006
The Prestige is wonderfully engrossing, darkly mysterious and entertaining from start to finish.
October 20, 2006
A pleasing puzzle of feuding conjurers played by Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman.
October 20, 2006
For all the film's murky misdirections, it is very enjoyable.
October 20, 2006
An assured bonbon of a film that's thoroughly and deliciously entertaining.
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.
October 20, 2006
There are nifty tricks galore up the sumptuous sleeve of this offbeat and wildly entertaining thriller.
October 20, 2006
Siblings Jonathan and Christopher Nolan's adaptation of the novel by Christopher Priest offers three acts of exasperating muddle.
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