Illusion (2006)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Filmmaking at its most sappy.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

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.

William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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.

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