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Rotten: The film is lavishly mounted, set-wise, costume-wise, makeup-wise and special-effects-wise. But the magicians themselves are cold and devious, and the chill permeates the whole film.
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Rotten: Not only does it tell you how it's all done, it takes so long about it that you've got time to look up its sleeves and work it out for yourself.
- Ben Walters, Time Out, Thursday, November 9, 2006
Fresh: The film is never less than engaging, though considering that the title The Prestige refers to the moment in a magic act that gives it its "wow" factor, it's kind of a shame that the ultimate "reveal" in the movie is a little too tricky for its own good.
- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wow, I didn't see this one coming. It's been quite a while since I've been surprised by the quality of a movie like this. It kept me guessing and engrossed from beginning to end. The way that the narrative shifts back and forwards in time can be a little hard to follow on the initial viewing, but that's the only possible negative that I could ever think of, for The Prestige.There have been many comparisons made between The Illusionist and The Prestige, and understandably so. They were released not very far apart. They both deal with magicians, and pushing the boundaries of what is considered illusion and what is considered real. Both of them have solid casts (though the absurdly excellent actors in The Prestige could easily be described by a stronger word than "solid"), captivating stories, and twisting plots. But, while The Illusionist is merely great, this movie is basically flawless in my eyes.The story got better and better and better as it went on, topping itself again and again. The movie keeps improving with repeated viewings, as well. You'll pick up on clues that you probably completely missed the first time around. Needless to say, I was blown away by the ending. It bears repeating that at the actors and actresses are marvelous. I'm gushing, I know. You get it by now, I love this movie. Even after a few years and several viewings, I still enjoy every moment of it.I LOVE THE PRESTIGE!
- lewiskendell, Saturday, August 14, 2010
Christopher Nolan's storytelling is the success of his mystery thriller, The Prestige.2 hours and a few minutes of magic almost sounds like a playful day out with the kids, but lo and behold, it is actually a dark mystery that constantly unravels. The slow to mediocre pacing is offset by the multiple time lines, in which the story jumps back and forth between to gradually reveal the secrets that there is to offer. The Prestige also forces thinking without causing a headache, which is a huge positive for a film like this.The film's second half contains a number of twists and turns, and what Nolan does successfully is blend an enormous twist into a smooth climax of an already great film. In other words, the climax is memorable, but so is everything else.The casting is first-class. Both Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman comfortably carry their portions of the movie, while the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, and David Bowie step in from time to time without any problems.The Prestige is an example of fine storytelling. Highly recommended and... abracadabra.
- skactopus, Thursday, August 5, 2010