The Illusionist
The Illusionist

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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.... (Full plot summary below)

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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

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New York Post - 10/10 by Lou Lumenick 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.
Chicago Reader - 10/10 by Jonathan Rosenbaum A lush piece of romanticism.
Village Voice - 9/10 by Bill Gallo Beautifully acted and handsomely mounted, this gorgeous period piece is an intelligent and intriguing exploration of "the dark arts" -- less dependent on mere hocus-pocus than on the convincing journey of the soul undertaken by its hero.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/10 by Steven Rea 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.
TV Guide Magazine - 8/10 by Maitland McDonagh This handsome, elegant and restrained fable about love, artifice and power in fin de siecle Vienna is lavishly imagined and yet oddly airless.
Entertainment Weekly - 8/10 by Lisa Schwarzbaum The Illusionist looks rigorously styled and measured, and every one of Norton's postures feels chosen. Yet the interesting actor has chosen so thoughtfully that we're riveted.
Baltimore Sun - 8/10 by Michael Sragow This flight of fancy stays aloft on the power of its acting and its atmosphere.
The New Republic - 8/10 by Stanley Kauffmann What Burger and his colleagues have done is to entrance us with a richly acted, beautifully produced story.
The Hollywood Reporter - 8/10 by James Greenberg Outstanding production values and mysterious subject matter give the film a surprisingly opulent feel for an independent Sundance entry.
Premiere - 8/10 by Jared Shimizu A visual delight as well as an satisfying period drama.
Time - 8/10 by Richard Corliss By the end, the canniest viewers may not be fooled, but--and you can believe this--they may be mesmerized.
New York Magazine (Vulture) - 8/10 by David Edelstein The ending dispels a lot of the magic, but the silent-movie palette is gorgeous, and the film is worth seeing for the inspired hamming of Paul Giamatti as Vienna's chief inspector, whose plummy tones made me sure I could hear the ghost of James Mason cackling.

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