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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Edward Norton is at his best here, chalking up another boundary-stretching performance this year in the wake of the unfairly overlooked "Down in the Valley." show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A rich and elegant film, full of sly, devious characters with complicated motives. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The Illusionist casts an exquisitely bewitching spell with its dreamy atmosphere and pervasive sense of suspense. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    It's important to keep in mind that little in The Illusionist is quite what it seems. That goes for the movie itself, fashioned from smoke, mirrors and, fortunately, Mr. Norton's magical performance. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The less said about the twists and turns The Illusionist takes, the better. Suffice to say, Eisenheim's masterful deceptions do not stop when he exits the stage. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Eisenheim's storybook romance with aristocrat Sophie (Jessica Biel), the childhood sweetheart now expected to become Leopold's princess, is the most compelling thing about a film that should dazzle the eye as much as stir the heart. It does not dazzle. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Outstanding production values and mysterious subject matter give the film a surprisingly opulent feel for an independent Sundance entry. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Deserved an end-of-the-year prestige release, is a true work of art in a marketplace filled with velvet paintings. It's positively magical, the reason we loved movies in the first place. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    One of the strengths of The Illusionist: Everyone in it actually appears to be acting in the same era. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    This handsome, elegant and restrained fable about love, artifice and power in fin de siecle Vienna is lavishly imagined and yet oddly airless. show more

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