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The IllusionistSet in turn-of-the-century Viennahe movie follows a master magician named Eisenheim who vies with Crown Prince Leopold of Vienna for the hand of noblewoman Sophie, the girl he once loved, a woman far above his social standing.
Actors of "The Illusionist"
Characters of "The Illusionist"
Directors of "The Illusionist"Neil Burger
Creators of "The Illusionist"Neil BurgerSteven MillhauserBirthdate: 3 August 1943, New York City, New York, USA
Critic Reviews of "The Illusionist"NPR.orgOctober 18, 2008
The line between truth and illusion is blurred so persuasively that for a moment or two, you may even believe that a romantic costume drama could stand up to all those special-effects blockbusters in the dog days of summer.Time OutFebruary 28, 2007
With exquisite performances (Giamatti's, in particular), it leaves you thrillingly hovering, happily uncommitted to any one interpretation.Time OutFebruary 03, 2007
You may be temporarily beguiled, but not fooled.The New RepublicOctober 26, 2006
What (director Neil) Burger and his colleagues have done is to entrance us with a richly acted, beautifully produced story.Philadelphia InquirerSeptember 01, 2006
Conjures up a world of mystery, romance and suspense.Denver Rocky Mountain NewsSeptember 01, 2006
The story may be less than credible, but the performances are mostly good, and Giamatti makes an especially strong showing.Tribune News ServiceJanuary 16, 2013
Dark, dazzling turns by Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel makes it achingly romantic.Movie HabitMay 15, 2011
A fond animated farewell to Jacques TatiComingSoon.netMarch 27, 2011
If nothing else, The Illusionist is worth watching solely for Giamatti's Oscar-caliber performance.Movie MetropolisJuly 24, 2010
A wonderful period film first and secondarily an interesting mystery-romance that keeps you guessing about the big questions until late in the narrative.Boston PhoenixJuly 07, 2010
Norton and Paul Giamatti perform wonders, but writer/director Neil Burger ruins the magic, exposing all of his story's tricks by the end.Baltimore City PaperJanuary 22, 2010
Unabashedly old-fashioned and fantastically pulpy.
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