100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A handcrafted jewel of a movie, The Illusionist understands the illusions that sustain us in youth and that we have to let slip in the end. It's the rare work of art that cherishes both the magic and the trick.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
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100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
A true masterpiece of visual enchantment. One of the most original and unique geniuses in cinema today, Mr. Chomet directed, wrote, illustrated and composed the music for this holiday jewel, an homage to the sweet, sad melancholia of the legendary French comic Jacques Tati.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Exquisite images, poignant humor, echoes of cinema history and a sense of having watched genuine magic.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
However much it conceals the real-life events that inspired it, it lives and breathes on its own, and as an extension of the mysterious whimsy of Tati.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
This is a remarkable movie: lovely, slow-paced and almost silent, rich with pathos and deft comic gestures.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The many fans of the uniquely droll 2003 animation Oscar nominee "The Triplets of Belleville" will recognize the inventive hand-drawn sensibilities of French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet in his loving and lovely new feature The Illusionist.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Chomet himself has written the gentle waltz theme and other music. The piece glides by, effortlessly.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If this lovely tribute sends viewers in search of the real thing, that would be a neat trick indeed.
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60

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The animation itself is technically gorgeous, a class act all the way. But there's so little to be found in the faces of the characters, or even in the way their limbs move (much of it adopted, cleverly enough, from Tati's own physical style), that it's not clear what we're supposed to feel for them.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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