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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) Reviews

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February 4, 2011
Comparing content, originality and style, Sylvain Chomet could be the best of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 4, 2011
It's not much of a story, but the delights of "The Illusionist" have little to do with plot.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 3, 2011
The Illusionistis magical in more ways than one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 3, 2011
The story has enough sentimental schmaltz to grease a locomotive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 3, 2011
Here's a quiet, poetic, droll and ultimately deeply moving animated dramedy that creeps up slowly and leaves you devastated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2011
A lovely appreciation of Tati and a loving, bittersweet look at the end of the 1950s, before entertainers like the magician of the title were displaced by rock bands and other more visceral acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 31, 2011
[A] good tribute to a good filmmaker, but also a good film on its own.
January 30, 2011
The best reason to see The Illusionist is the art, which is a perfect match to the film's mood as well as its celebration of old-fashioned entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 29, 2011
The film is stunningly animated, full of wonderful moments and pieces bordering on the unforgettable. Everything thing feels organic and natural and little is ever out of place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 29, 2011
A minimalist, melancholy homage to Jacques Tati - a sweetly sad tone poem that's filled with bittersweet nostalgia and exquisite imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
January 28, 2011
A French import that's long on grace notes and wry humor, it eschews flash and opts for heart to great effect.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 28, 2011
A quiet declaration of love - for the urban vistas of the 1950s, for sleight-of-hand enchantment, for pen-and-ink animation and for a legendary French filmmaker who exited the stage before telling his daughter the magic word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 27, 2011
You don't have to know much about Jacques Tati or how movies are made to appreciate it. But if you do, you'll be heartily amazed.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 27, 2011
A gentle, wistful tale of two people who briefly become a family, "The Illusionist" is both a tribute to the French filmmaker/comedian Jacques Tati and a final word from him.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2011
Watching "The Illusionist'' is like peering through a rippled windowpane onto a past that knows it's disappearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 27, 2011
In all, it's a charming chanson in a minor key, and if you zero in on Chomet's visual grace and his blooming cinephilia, then it's more than enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 24, 2011
The slender story demands nostalgia and sentimentality the way a horror film requires blood.
January 23, 2011
a poignant, lyrical, and beautiful film suffused with a wistful, bittersweet resignation about the passing of time
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 21, 2011
The gentle delights range from the depiction of late fifties' Edinburgh with the milky light and gothic-influenced architecture, to the clever evocation of Tati's bumbling, comic rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2011
The dialogue is multilingual but largely incidental to the action; the physical comedy is gracefully rendered and often magical.
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