The Illusionist Synopsis
An aging magician bonds with a young fan who believes his tricks are real magic.
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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....
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Gorgeous, and full of bittersweet whimsy.
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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,...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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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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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...
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Don't go hoping for Belleville part 2

By the_somniac
The Illusionist has very little of the hilarity, perversity and mad glee of The Triplets of Belleville. But it is astonishing in its own right. Of course the animation is masterful, but its also...

The Illusionist

By amazfan
Lovely to look at. The mood is bittersweet. The larger lesson about acceptance of life's changes and agonies and compensations is presented very gently. Oddly, the audience was very quiet with...

Decent, beautiful annimation, slow moving

By jedbassett
I enjoyed the movie, but slow and not that easy to follow. Some french that wasn't translated and it ended with little resolution in my opinion....

I was Cheated

By Captain_K
There is very little to recommend about this "Movie" The characters are flat and the plot is uninspiring. To those of you who gave this a glowing review....the King has no clothes.......

One of the best movies I have seen. Period.

By Ben Robinson
A charming, bittersweet movie about the decline of the Music Hall in Europe which the author Jacques Tati knew so well and lovingly tells this story with a heart rending pathos. I am a professional...

Five Word Review

By cindib1275
Beautiful Animation Very Simple Story...

Visually great.

By ilford
Visually it was great. It was lovely to see how the animators went to great detail with the nuances of how people move etc The scenes were pretty amazing. But I didn't care for the story. I got a...

Beautiful Artwork, Manipulative Story

By Arturzinho
It was glorious just looking at "The Illusionist." Superb artwork. But the story is sappy and maudlin. The magician has many redeeming qualities, but he is portrayed only as an aging loser. I felt...

The Illusionist

By lcm276
A waste of time and money!...

good movie, but sad

By ellen0727
good movie. not much dialogue, but you still know what is happening. kind of sad....

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Rated PG | For Thematic elements and smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Magic tricks and a murder mystery. Teens and up.
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