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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) Reviews

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
February 4, 2011
This is a remarkable movie: lovely, slow-paced and almost silent, rich with pathos and deft comic gestures.
Full Review | 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
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 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
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 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.
January 20, 2011
The Illusionist is almost a silent movie, save for amusing sound affects, snatches of garbled dialogue and a beguiling piano score that inspires deep reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 20, 2011
Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy, The Illusionist is animator Sylvain Chomet's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Triplets of Belleville.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 13, 2011
"The Illusionist" represents the magically melancholy final act of Jacques Tati's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 5, 2011
A very happy marriage of Tati's and Chomet's distinctive artistic sensibilities.
January 5, 2011
It's a mood piece, and that mood is melancholy.
December 30, 2010
Both a modest homage to its writer and a melancholy look at a lost world.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 27, 2010
Tati and Chomet are saying something complex but true here, testifying to the necessity of fakery while acknowledging that illusions can be cruel. The result is one beautiful movie -- and no less so for making a strong case that beauty is a lie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 27, 2010
A cliché-riddled nostalgia trip.
December 24, 2010
Sylvain Chomet's animated feature began as an act of devotion and became a thing -- a fable, a tone poem, an elegy -- of ethereal beauty.
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
December 24, 2010
This "The Illusionist" does not star a goateed Edward Norton romancing luscious Jessica Biel while Rufus Sewell fumes, royally. But it is a bit of magic nonetheless.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2010
A true masterpiece of visual enchantment.
December 21, 2010
A breathtakingly beautiful achievement in every way.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 21, 2010
For its 80 minutes, the movie creates the illusion that not just Tati but his form of cerebral slapstick lives.
December 8, 2010
''The strength of 2-D...is it vibrates and it's not perfect, just like reality in fact,'' the director has said. Here's a perfect demonstration of that aesthetic truth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 5, 2010
An elegant and emotional elegy for a bygone era.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 19, 2010
Tati thought anything could be funny, and while Chomet runs with that idea as a director, he challenges it as a storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5