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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) Reviews

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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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
| 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
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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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 13, 2011
"The Illusionist" represents the magically melancholy final act of Jacques Tati's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
January 5, 2011
A very happy marriage of Tati's and Chomet's distinctive artistic sensibilities.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 5, 2011
It's a mood piece, and that mood is melancholy.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 30, 2010
Both a modest homage to its writer and a melancholy look at a lost world.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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-
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
December 27, 2010
A cliché-riddled nostalgia trip.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 22, 2010
A true masterpiece of visual enchantment.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 21, 2010
A breathtakingly beautiful achievement in every way.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 21, 2010
For its 80 minutes, the movie creates the illusion that not just Tati but his form of cerebral slapstick lives.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
October 5, 2010
An elegant and emotional elegy for a bygone era.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Jenkins
Time Out
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