New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Deserved an end-of-the-year prestige release, is a true work of art in a marketplace filled with velvet paintings. It's positively magical, the reason we loved movies in the first place.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The less said about the twists and turns The Illusionist takes, the better. Suffice to say, Eisenheim's masterful deceptions do not stop when he exits the stage.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The Illusionist looks rigorously styled and measured, and every one of Norton's postures feels chosen. Yet the interesting actor has chosen so thoughtfully that we're riveted.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Outstanding production values and mysterious subject matter give the film a surprisingly opulent feel for an independent Sundance entry.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Edward Norton is at his best here, chalking up another boundary-stretching performance this year in the wake of the unfairly overlooked "Down in the Valley."
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A rich and elegant film, full of sly, devious characters with complicated motives.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Illusionist casts an exquisitely bewitching spell with its dreamy atmosphere and pervasive sense of suspense.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Illusionist is like an overupholstered wing chair in the corner of a men's club -- you settle in only to be startled by how ridiculously comfy you are.
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Wall Street Journal

It's important to keep in mind that little in The Illusionist is quite what it seems. That goes for the movie itself, fashioned from smoke, mirrors and, fortunately, Mr. Norton's magical performance.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Eisenheim's storybook romance with aristocrat Sophie (Jessica Biel), the childhood sweetheart now expected to become Leopold's princess, is the most compelling thing about a film that should dazzle the eye as much as stir the heart. It does not dazzle.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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