The Prestige Synopsis
Two magicians' rivalry escalates in early 19th century London.
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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...
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88

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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88

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...
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88

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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83

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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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's like "The Illusionist" crossed with a really hard Sudoku.
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63

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...
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50

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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50

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...
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25

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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One of the best!

By meanerthanajunkyardd
Made very well. Keeps you interested until the end. The worse part, and the only thing I could say critical about the entire movie might be that Scarlett Johansson's accent wasn't awesome. Other than...

Very good movie!

By missmonika
It was a surprise to me that I enjoyed this movie so much because I wasn't expecting to. It was very suspenseful from start to finish, and the casting is awesome. The ending left me completely...

AMAZING

By delouri_moviefreak21
I Loved this Movie im a huge fan of Christopher Nolans(Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Memento) and ever since i was young iv really watched Christian Bales career very closely as an actor he is...

INSANE!!

By MongrolMan
This is an insanely crazy movie with more twists than San Francisco! If you don't understand twisting plots, see "the Illusionist"....

middle

By les_paul
I do not like the middle in the movie to wierd...

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Great but not what expected

By Dana Bianca
Thought this movie could have been more exciting, and easier to follow, because there were times I felt a bit lost, but it still made you think especiall at the end....

Wait, that was supposed to be a "twist"?

By Team Awesomer
For a movie built on "illusions", it sure wasn't very deceptive when it came to its plot twists. Unless you've never seen a movie before, the "surprises" can be spotted miles away. I don't want to...

AWESOME MOVIE

By AmySophia
this is the best movie i've seen all year it keeps you guessing untill the very end it's a must see!...

BEST MOVIE EVER MADE! BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!

By ChristianBaleFAN
Personally, this is my favorite movie! IF YOU LIKE dramas, action movies, movies with twists, amazing actors (Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine), mysteries, thrillers, or exciting movies,...

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Rated PG-13 | For violence and disturbing images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 13 & under Rival magicians battle in smart, dark period tale.
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