The Prestige
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is never less than engaging, though considering that the title The Prestige refers to the moment in a magic act that gives it its "wow" factor, it's kind of a shame that the ultimate "reveal" in the movie is a little too tricky for its own good."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"Not only does it tell you how it's all done, it takes so long about it that you've got time to look up its sleeves and work it out for yourself."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Until an inexplicably awful revelation at the end, The Prestige is a taut, exciting portrait of obsession and the dark competitive spirit of professional magicians."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Show me a director better suited for a movie about magic than Christopher Nolan and I'll show you... a magician?"
‑ Brian Marder,
"Nolan balances Hollywood and indie sensibilities pulling off a film that is smart, complicated and carries a big look."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"It's quite a movie -- atmospheric, obsessive, almost satanic."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Jackman and Bale give standout performances as rivals whose mutual obsession destroys all sense of perspective and ruins lives."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Risible inanity"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
""The Prestige" is a cinematic trick, nothing more, and the deadpan seriousness is part of the effect, and not an end in itself."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
"As is his want, Mr. Nolan jumps between time periods and voice-overs with reckless abandon. The movie's real trick is that it all somehow manages to congeal."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"The who's-bilking-whom mind games make for compelling fun, but once the presto moment of The Prestige is revealed, you're left with nothing but shattered illusions."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The film is lavishly mounted, set-wise, costume-wise, makeup-wise and special-effects-wise. But the magicians themselves are cold and devious, and the chill permeates the whole film."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Although the slowish pacing early on over-indicates how both magicians' marquee misdirection (a disappearing act) will be achieved, The Prestige still manages a neat trick of its own."
‑ Justine Elias, Boston Phoenix
"In a movie about people who make their livings on misdirection, The Prestige utterly forgets to employ its own."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"An example of old-fashioned storytelling, the kind of magical movie that could have been made fifty years ago and, consequently, will still be watched fifty years from now."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
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