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The Prestige

Sci-Fi . Thriller . Mystery . Drama

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

Actors: Roger Rees , Daniel Davis , Rebecca Hall , Piper Perabo , David Bowie , Andy Serkis , Scarlett Johansson , Michael Caine , Christian Bale , Hugh Jackman
Directors: Christopher Nolan
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2006-10-20
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  • 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 whose work I look forward to more than any other.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • 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 minutes -- it's flawlessly set up.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand that will have audiences pondering well after the lights go up.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The Prestige isn't art, but it reaps a lot of fun out of the question, How did they do that?

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    The Prestige traces the course of their bitter feud, as their respective acts of sabotage become ever more deadly.

    Empire Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    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

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Stuffed with hard-working actors, sleek effects and stagy period details, The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan from a script he wrote with his brother Jonathan, is an intricate and elaborate machine designed for the simple purpose of diversion.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The Prestige is utterly without pretense. It doesn't want to explore epistemological questions about the nature of perception and memory; it just wants to mess with our heads. And as a wily, slightly sadistic chess game of a movie, it succeeds quite nicely.

    Slate Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    For all the film's murky misdirections, it is very enjoyable. That's because Nolan's recreation of the illusionists' backstage world is so marvelously detailed, including as it does revelations of how some of their best tricks are accomplished.

    Time Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Bale and Jackman inject their reliable charisma into two otherwise very cold fish. Okay, I'll say it: If you see only one magic-at-the-turn-of-the-century movie this year, make it this one.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Christopher Nolan's The Prestige has just about everything I require in a movie about magicians, except ... the Prestige.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Nolan, who has become an assured, stylish filmmaker in the span of only a few films, keeps the complicated plot spinning.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It's like "The Illusionist" crossed with a really hard Sudoku.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    [Nolan is] back in the fine engineering business, crafting a story as intricately designed as a magician's lock, tightly packed with tumblers of deception and issuing a fun challenge to any volunteers in the audience: Just try to pick it.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Has its moments.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    It's a gorgeous, strange little piece -- but I did find myself wishing it poked fewer aces out its sleeve after urging us to pay such close attention.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    In the end, there's enough movie magic in The Prestige to keep you guessing, even after the film's over.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The result is a lopsided yet absorbing movie in which the director is less drawn to his main characters than to those on the periphery.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    For all its surface dazzle, The Prestige shares with this year's earlier "The Illusionist" a certain core hollowness. Maybe that's a natural consequence of even the best magic shows: You can't help but feel duped.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Many, I suspect, will fall for The Prestige and its blend of one-upsmanship and science fiction. I prefer "The Illusionist," the movie that got here first.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • 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 about as convincing as a photo of a cow jumping over the moon.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    On the M. Night Shyamalan scale of stupid endings, The Prestige isn't as bad as "The Village" but it's comparable to "Unbreakable."

    New York Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    There's plenty going on but never any real magic.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ethan Alter

    If The Prestige is something of a let down as a magic trick, it's more successful as a tale of obsession. The rivalry between the magicians is brutal and bloody and Bale and Jackman do their best work when they're plotting each other's downfall.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Paula Nechak

    If you can forgive some woeful casting and a plot that is as creakingly thin as an old staircase, you can enjoy director Christopher Nolan's The Prestige.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Jonathan and Christopher Nolan's adaptation of this novel by Christopher Priest offers three acts of exasperating muddle.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mark Bell

    When all is said and done and you get the full explanation of what meant what and who did what to whom, it's not fulfilling at all. It's a magic trick that's all showmanship and craft, but lacking true whimsy, ultimately failing the audience.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Truth itself is little more than a word in The Prestige, a film that both celebrates the wonder of being fooled and the foolishness of wanting just that.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The Prestige is a trick box with too many false bottoms. Ultimately, the last one simply gives way -- leaving us with a hole, and a little residual darkness, but not much else. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The tit-for-tat scenario ought to be wildly entertaining, but the magic is crude, the characters flyweight, and the story protracted and unpleasant.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    "The Illusionist" also centers on a 19th-century magician, and the elegant contours of its story are even more impressive compared with Nolan's clutter of double and triple crosses.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Clearly, director Nolan is aiming for something else. But the delight in sheer gamesmanship that marked his breakout "Memento" doesn't survive this project's gimmickry and aspirations toward "Les Miserables"-style epic passion.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Thus, we find ourselves watching an ice-cold movie about competition that contains not a shred of rooting interest.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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