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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) Reviews

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December 23, 2010
As un petit bonbon this is a successful film. . . Memorable on its own, however, it isn't.
| Original Score: C+
Fernando F. Croce
March 14, 2011
So wistful it just about dissolves as you watch it
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 27, 2010
A cliché-riddled nostalgia trip.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 24, 2010
The movie is almost entirely wordless -- much of what dialogue there is comes in grunts and grumbles reminiscent of the way adults speak in Charlie Brown cartoons -- meaning lots of dreary mimed gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 19, 2010
I wish The Illusionist were funny, but it isn't. That would make up for, or distract from, the arch nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Singer
December 24, 2010
From a technical perspective, Chomet's work is uncanny ... but [he] only captures the form of Tati without much of the function.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
April 1, 2011
A beautifully crafted, nevertheless slight animated feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
August 20, 2010
The lovely Edinburgh backdrops, shot with marvellous attention to light and weather conditions, only partially compensate for a story that's sluggish and uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephanie Zacharek
December 21, 2010
Even so, The Illusionist shifts gears too abruptly into an aggressively dour ending. It's as if the movie's grudgingly fanciful quality must come with a punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 10, 2011
The film ends on a note of graceful, heartbreaking beauty that Tati would have admired for its lack of sentimentality. A lot of what precedes that ending, though, is precious and slight and a little too fanciful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 11, 2011
It's beautifully drawn -- really drawn, with hardly any computer effects -- and has an elegiac tone and bits of quirky humor. But it wouldn't win a footrace with a snail, and the narrative amounts to nothing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011
... A glorious revival of the neglected art of near silent comedy.
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.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
February 9, 2011
The real reason little ones might not enjoy The Illusionist is that it's simply not intended for them. It's a poignant tale about regret, generosity and ungratefulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jonathan Meville
June 21, 2010
Edinburgh's skyline has never looked so good, and if the city didn't exist it would be hard to believe somewhere so beautiful was real: if locals aren't inspired to take a walk up North Bridge or down Victoria Street after this, they never will be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
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-
February 5, 2011
Despite its humor and its distinctive, winning look, it's still a difficult film to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
Glenn Dunks
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.
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