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.
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.
Chicago Reader - 10/10 by Jonathan Rosenbaum A lush piece of romanticism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slate - 8/10 by Dana Stevens It's an exquisitely crafted period picture that keeps promising more and more as it goes along--smarter ideas, richer themes, spookier plot twists--and keeps delivering on every promise, right up until the rug-pulling and overly hasty final sequence.
San Francisco Chronicle - 8/10 by Mick LaSalle A rich and elegant film, full of sly, devious characters with complicated motives.
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.

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