Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
To talk more about the movie's layers is to risk giving away too much. I'll say only that this film confirms Nolan's status as the director whose work I look forward to more than any other.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over. I'd call that wicked clever.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The film's prestige is a doozy, both dazzling and preposterous, but if you're watching closely -- as Cutter advises in the film's first few minutes -- it's flawlessly set up.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand that will have audiences pondering well after the lights go up.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Prestige isn't art, but it reaps a lot of fun out of the question, How did they do that?
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's like "The Illusionist" crossed with a really hard Sudoku.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
By describing the structure of a great trick in a movie about a great trick, The Prestige makes a promise it can't keep. Its third act is about as convincing as a photo of a cow jumping over the moon.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Jonathan and Christopher Nolan's adaptation of this novel by Christopher Priest offers three acts of exasperating muddle.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Audiences might enjoy this cinematic sleight of hand, but the key characters are such single-minded, calculating individuals that the real magic would be to find any heart in this tale.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Thus, we find ourselves watching an ice-cold movie about competition that contains not a shred of rooting interest.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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