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The Illusionist

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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Matthew Brady, FilmCrave
21 February 2014
  • Summary: In Vienna around the turn of the century, fantastic magician uses his abilities to get the love of a woman. This was a alright film that I will never watch again.
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Overall 6
6.0

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Ivana, FilmCrave
3 August 2013
  • Summary: A mix of intrigue, magic, romance and supernatural mystery beneath a dramatic context, this movie is beautiful above sad. I did not find any new or fresh property, but I would say the scenery and the cast, become the film in a sweet caress to my eyes.
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Overall 5
5.0

User Review

mitchellyoung, FilmCrave
28 July 2012
  • Summary: If there's one thing that can be said for the Illusionist, it's that it's a very beautiful film, full of poetic moments and carefully composed shots. The script itself falls a little flat, as the characters fade into the background as more twists and turns are added into the plot. It bears comparison to the Prestige, but it's really a different type of film and, sadly, not nearly as impactful, either thematically or character-wise.
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Overall 6
6.0

Captivating story with a touch of magic!

MovieAddict, FilmCrave
5 May 2012
  • Excerpt: Once upon a time a peasant boy (Edward Norton) and a princess (Jessica Biel) fell in love. The boy was driven away, only to return an accomplished magician, with the wonderful skill of creating illusion. There he finds his old love and also discovers that she is going to marry the unpleasant Crown Prince Leopold (the amazing Rufus Sewell). They are in love, but can they ever be together?
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Overall 10
10
Movie overall 10
10
Extras 2
2.0

Tati's best film, that isn't his

Mac Norton, blu-ray.com
21 February 2012
  • Excerpt: Much like his previous film, The Triplets of Belleville, Sylvain Chomet has crafted a superior comedy with some heartfelt (if at time gut wrenching) drama in an animated film. Believed to have been written by Jacques Tati as a love letter to his daughter, The Illusionist is the story of passion to ones profession and the cold truth of that passion.
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Overall 6
6.0

"The Illusionist" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo, FilmCrave
10 February 2012
  • Excerpt: An illusionist meets his childhood sweetheart again while she is consort to the crown prince and they plan to elope together, but when she is murdered the grief stricken magician appears to conjure up the spirits of the dead. The first thing that strikes you about The Illusionist is its sheer beauty; shot in a way that harks back to the silent era combined with a lush, deep palette of warm colours it is truly stunning to look at.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Alaine, FilmCrave
16 December 2011
  • Summary: Edward Norton was great, but I really liked Rufus Sewell as the prince. Of the two magician movies that were released around the same time (this and The Prestige) I far prefer this one.
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Overall 6
6.0

The Illusionist review

Daniel Corleone, FilmCrave
3 October 2011
  • Excerpt: Eisenheim the Illusionist (born Eduard Abramovich) falls for Duchess von Teschen (Jessica Biel). There forbidden relationship due to social class has been a problem for them. Chief Inspector Walter Uhl (Paul Giamatti) tries to solve the murder of the Duchess. Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) tries to shut down the shows of Eisenheim. It had some funny moments and the cinematography was elegant. Unfortunately, the screenplay wasn't that convincing.
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Overall 5
5.0

User Review

Snoogans, FilmCrave
3 October 2011
  • Summary: This came out around the same time as 'The Prestige' and both movies looked very similar. 'Prestige' is easily the better film, but this movie was good in it's own right and had it's own cool twist. However, I can't forgive the casting of Jessica Biel.
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Overall 8
8.0
Movie overall 7
7.0
Extras 3
3.0

Mon Oncle Part Deux

toddly6666, blu-ray.com
14 May 2011
  • Excerpt: I just blind-bought this film yesterday and wasn't totally amazed. Triplets is a masterpiece compared to The Illusionist. Still, it's a very good animated film and better than most CGI animated films. Sure, the animation is beautiful and it's always nice seeing European cities and villages that make me want to move there, but the story isnt strong enough (as most Tati films).
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