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100
New York Post
Deserved an end-of-the-year prestige release, is a true work of art in a marketplace filled with velvet paintings. It's positively magical, the reason we loved movies in the first place.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
The less said about the twists and turns The Illusionist takes, the better. Suffice to say, Eisenheim's masterful deceptions do not stop when he exits the stage.
83
Entertainment Weekly
The Illusionist looks rigorously styled and measured, and every one of Norton's postures feels chosen. Yet the interesting actor has chosen so thoughtfully that we're riveted.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Outstanding production values and mysterious subject matter give the film a surprisingly opulent feel for an independent Sundance entry.
75
Edward Norton is at his best here, chalking up another boundary-stretching performance this year in the wake of the unfairly overlooked "Down in the Valley."
75
A rich and elegant film, full of sly, devious characters with complicated motives.
75
The Illusionist casts an exquisitely bewitching spell with its dreamy atmosphere and pervasive sense of suspense.
75
Chicago Tribune
One of the strengths of The Illusionist: Everyone in it actually appears to be acting in the same era.
75
This handsome, elegant and restrained fable about love, artifice and power in fin de siecle Vienna is lavishly imagined and yet oddly airless.
70
Wall Street Journal
It's important to keep in mind that little in The Illusionist is quite what it seems. That goes for the movie itself, fashioned from smoke, mirrors and, fortunately, Mr. Norton's magical performance.
63
New York Daily News
Eisenheim's storybook romance with aristocrat Sophie (Jessica Biel), the childhood sweetheart now expected to become Leopold's princess, is the most compelling thing about a film that should dazzle the eye as much as stir the heart. It does not dazzle.

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