The Illusionist (L'illusionniste)
The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010)

The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With emerging rock stars stealing his thunder in the late 1950s, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 10, 2011
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An engrossing love letter to fans of adult animation, The Illusionist offers a fine antidote to garish mainstream fare.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The film ends on a note of graceful, heartbreaking beauty that Tati would have admired for its lack of sentimentality. A lot of what precedes that ending, though, is precious and slight and a little too fanciful.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The story has enough sentimental schmaltz to grease a locomotive.

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass

An 80-minute, hand-drawn animated French film without dialogue and with one of the most depressing finale acts ever committed to celluloid: this is The Illusionist. It's also some sort of divine masterpiece.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A lovely appreciation of Tati and a loving, bittersweet look at the end of the 1950s, before entertainers like the magician of the title were displaced by rock bands and other more visceral acts.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

There's plenty of crack-a-smile humor, but the underlying mood recalls the diminuendo stretches in a Jacques Tati film.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The Illusionistis magical in more ways than one.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A French import that's long on grace notes and wry humor, it eschews flash and opts for heart to great effect.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Pictures speak louder than words, and what 'The Illusionist' speaks loudest about is the notion that what we do for a living is not nearly as important as how we choose to do our living.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A magician and a cleaning girl travel and attempt to make a life at his dying art. Predominantly silent, this animated film has moments of charm, but mostly its… More
Robert C
As with The Triplets Of Belleville, I was immediately enveloped by the story and the world presented here and the (for all intents and purposes) "silent… More
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three stars
Jonathan Hutchings
The story as a whole is a little vapid (which critics of this film point to as a fatal flaw when compared to Tati's original screenplay), but The… More
Rubia Carolina
For its beauty and my expectations, high expectations, "L'illusionniste" is one of those films you just have to watch in a movie theater. Unable… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
A charming animation that delights with the delicate and meaningful relationship of a selfless magician and a young girl, The Illusionist is a visual and aural… More

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