(2006)

Critic Reviews

66

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100
Charlotte Observer
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.
88
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.
88
A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand that will have audiences pondering well after the lights go up.
88
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.
83
Entertainment Weekly
The Prestige isn't art, but it reaps a lot of fun out of the question, How did they do that?
80
The Prestige does more than focus on magicians. It is so in love with the romance, wonder and ability to fool of stage illusion that it becomes something of a magic trick in and of itself
75
Christopher Nolan's The Prestige has just about everything I require in a movie about magicians, except ... the Prestige.
75
Miami Herald
Nolan, who has become an assured, stylish filmmaker in the span of only a few films, keeps the complicated plot spinning.
63
New York Daily News
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.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Jonathan and Christopher Nolan's adaptation of this novel by Christopher Priest offers three acts of exasperating muddle.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
25
Thus, we find ourselves watching an ice-cold movie about competition that contains not a shred of rooting interest.

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