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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 100
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    This is a remarkable movie: lovely, slow-paced and almost silent, rich with pathos and deft comic gestures. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Exquisite images, poignant humor, echoes of cinema history and a sense of having watched genuine magic. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    If this lovely tribute sends viewers in search of the real thing, that would be a neat trick indeed. show more

  • 60
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The animation itself is technically gorgeous, a class act all the way. But there's so little to be found in the faces of the characters, or even in the way their limbs move (much of it adopted, cleverly enough, from Tati's own physical style), that it's not clear what we're supposed to feel for them. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    However much it conceals the real-life events that inspired it, it lives and breathes on its own, and as an extension of the mysterious whimsy of Tati. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A handcrafted jewel of a movie, The Illusionist understands the illusions that sustain us in youth and that we have to let slip in the end. It's the rare work of art that cherishes both the magic and the trick. show more

  • 100
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    A true masterpiece of visual enchantment. One of the most original and unique geniuses in cinema today, Mr. Chomet directed, wrote, illustrated and composed the music for this holiday jewel, an homage to the sweet, sad melancholia of the legendary French comic Jacques Tati. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Chomet himself has written the gentle waltz theme and other music. The piece glides by, effortlessly. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The Illusionist has surprises up its sleeve that are unusually nuanced for an animated movie. show more

  • March 15, 2011 MatHam157
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    stunning artwork encompasses every scene. animation lovers will not be disappointed, but others may find it not entirely satisfying emotionally. My only gripe is the small degree of character development for the young girl.

  • February 12, 2011 justint0815
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    If a picture is worth a thousand words than The Illusionist is worth 90 million words.

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