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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) Reviews

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August 21, 2017
It is elegiac, charming, mournful and wondrous.
February 23, 2016
For his next astonishing feat, that wizard of the animated screen Sylvain Chomet, master of The Triplets of Belleville, has pulled out of his hat an all-new Jacques Tati film.
September 15, 2013
An 80-minute, hand-drawn animated French film without dialogue and with one of the most depressing finale acts ever committed to celluloid: this is The Illusionist. It's also some sort of divine masterpiece.
July 1, 2013
There's plenty of crack-a-smile humor, but the underlying mood recalls the diminuendo stretches in a Jacques Tati film.
May 26, 2013
Pictures speak louder than words, and what 'The Illusionist' speaks loudest about is the notion that what we do for a living is not nearly as important as how we choose to do our living.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 27, 2013
Hand drawn animation that is as soft and charming as the film itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2011
Director Sylvain Chomet manages to rouse a lot of smirks and smiles through the small nuance and inferences that were Tati's signature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 2011
Whilst they hardly say a word, I felt much sorrow for these two lonely characters and the changing world in which they find themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 17, 2011
Funny, sweet, nostalgic and ultimately heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 23, 2011
Chomet makes good use of incidental showbiz characters, acrobats and ventriloquist in particular. He also includes some spectacular sweeps of urban scapes, revelling in the mastery of his craft
July 23, 2011
The exquisite illustrative signature style of Sylvain Chomet leaves a haunting impression in this whimsical tale about an illusionist who delights a young girl with magic
June 30, 2011
... A glorious revival of the neglected art of near silent comedy.
June 5, 2011
It gets a little too submerged in pathos for its own good sometimes, though, and could use a little more humor with its nostalgic tone, [but it's] an expressive and lovely film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2011
... a delicate and delightful piece of old-fashioned hand-drawn animation where character is in body language and personality in the "performance."
May 25, 2011
Mostly worth seeing for its elegant "old school" cels. However, the relationship between the elderly magician and the girl who tags along with him is never very moving despite all the intentions of the screenwriter and director.
March 18, 2011
A remarkably uncomplicated story -- a beautifully uncomplicated story, really -- about the love between daddies and their little girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2011
To give Tati his posthumous chance to express a very sad story may have been Chomet's only true course, and, to be honest, the film is beautifully, thoughtfully realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 14, 2011
The story is rather cold and uninvolving, but the very look of the movie is striking and never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2011
Silence has rarely been so telling.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 4, 2011
Like Chomet's "The Triplets of Belleville," it's a lovingly crafted animated film that invites the audience to luxuriate in the hand-painted visuals, to chuckle at the small jokes stuffed into the corners of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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