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Director Michael A. Goorjian's Illusion tells the tale of a dying film director who, after leading a lavish life of fame and fortune, finds out too little too late what it truly means to live and be loved. Mr. Baines (Kirk Douglas) is a Hollywood icon who has agreed to grant one final interview before drifting into that good night. As Mr. Baines drifts wearily in and out of consciousness throughout the course of the interview, his long deceased editor returns to join him in going back over the footage of his life. While Mr. Baines never married, he did father an illegitimate son named… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a sincerity to the filmmaking here that's at times quite touching: Illusion presents a portrait of true love that's as picture perfect as the sunny spring garden in which we see Isabelle."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"One of the worst dramas I have ever seen. In fact, this movie is so dramatically inept that I wanted to tear my eyeballs out."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"It's a joy to see Kirk Douglas on screen again. That's not quite enough to make this...recommendable, but it's a reason you might want to take a look at it despite the flaws."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Ironically, for a movie about the film business, Illusion is shot on grungy video and looks terrible."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Douglas does his best acting while watching and reacting to what he sees on screen. If this ends up being his cinematic swan song, it will not have been a bad way to go."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Unavoidably, there are some sugary moments and clichés such as rain-soaked kisses and outlandish "artistic" stage performances, but [Illusion] keeps hold of that just-another-day-in-Hollywood feeling."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Filmmaking at its most sappy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"You don't want to miss this little gem of a film."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"No doubt the director worked with what he could get, and was extremely fortunate that he could get an icon of the screen to bless his project."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Several of its transitions are glaringly contrived, and its morality tale never quite comes together to be the shattering spiritual experience it wants to be."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The unabashed melodrama of the flashbacks and present-day climax can't compete with the theatrical oomph provided by Douglas and the picture's spine."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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