The Illusionist
The Illusionist (2006)

Set in early 20th-century Vienna, a stage magician uses his magic to win back the great love of his life from a brutal enemy, her fiance, who is also the powerful crowned prince of Austria.

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 18, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Illusionist is an engrossing, well-crafted story of mystery, magic and intrigue that is certain to enchant, if not hypnotize, audiences.

Bob Mondello

The line between truth and illusion is blurred so persuasively that for a moment or two, you may even believe that a romantic costume drama could stand up to all those special-effects blockbusters in the dog days of summer.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

What (director Neil) Burger and his colleagues have done is to entrance us with a richly acted, beautifully produced story.

Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Dark, dazzling turns by Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel makes it achingly romantic.

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Nick Funnell
Time Out

With exquisite performances (Giamatti's, in particular), it leaves you thrillingly hovering, happily uncommitted to any one interpretation.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Conjures up a world of mystery, romance and suspense.

Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

A fond animated farewell to Jacques Tati

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

You may be temporarily beguiled, but not fooled.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

The story may be less than credible, but the performances are mostly good, and Giamatti makes an especially strong showing.

Joshua Starnes

If nothing else, The Illusionist is worth watching solely for Giamatti's Oscar-caliber performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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Chris Weber
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Albert Kim
A patient movie that rewards viewers with an interesting mix of murder, mystery, and magic all in one. It's been a while since I've seen this movie… More