• Released
  • August 18, 2006
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 50 min
  • Drama
  • 4,374 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A magician (Edward Norton) and the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire vie for a woman's love.

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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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Rated PG-13 | For some sexuality and violence