The Prestige
The Prestige (2006)

In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in a darkened salon during the course of a fraudulent seance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and exposure, secrets and revelations, as they feud to outwit and destroy one… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is a dazzling period piece that never stops challenging the audience.

Bob Mondello

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.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

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.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's quite a movie -- atmospheric, obsessive, almost satanic.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Jackman and Bale give standout performances as rivals whose mutual obsession destroys all sense of perspective and ruins lives.

Fernando F. Croce

Risible inanity

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

Justine Elias
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
six or seven dollars worth of movie
Daniel Mumby
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Dean King
A cool film with a few good twists along the way.
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