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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) Reviews

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Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
February 4, 2011
Comparing content, originality and style, Sylvain Chomet could be the best of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 3, 2011
The Illusionistis magical in more ways than one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 3, 2011
The story has enough sentimental schmaltz to grease a locomotive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sharon Hoffmann
Kansas City Star
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 31, 2011
[A] good tribute to a good filmmaker, but also a good film on its own.
Sarah Boslaugh
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
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
Shawn Levy
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-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 24, 2011
The slender story demands nostalgia and sentimentality the way a horror film requires blood.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 21, 2011
The dialogue is multilingual but largely incidental to the action; the physical comedy is gracefully rendered and often magical.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 21, 2011
For fans of Tati and students of animation, The Illusionist probably represents some kind of nirvana. For everybody else, it's a chance to enter a magical, dream-like world created by the genius of these two artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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