After an illusion goes tragically wrong, two 19th-century magicians (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale) engage in a bitter and potentially deadly rivalry.
" A pleasing puzzle of feuding conjurers played by Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. "
" A terrific cast, a gloomy tone and a few well-placed little bits of magic and real history bring a long-ago time and place to life. "
" An assured bonbon of a film that's thoroughly and deliciously entertaining. "
" For all the film's murky misdirections, it is very enjoyable. "
" 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. "
" It's quite a movie -- atmospheric, obsessive, almost satanic. "
" Jackman and Bale give standout performances as rivals whose mutual obsession destroys all sense of perspective and ruins lives. "
" 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. "
" The Prestige is wonderfully engrossing, darkly mysterious and entertaining from start to finish. "
" There are nifty tricks galore up the sumptuous sleeve of this offbeat and wildly entertaining thriller. "
" Director Nolan's fascination with magic and with tricks in general comes through without question, but he approaches the subject with a seriousness that soon turns grim. "
" 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. "
" Siblings Jonathan and Christopher Nolan's adaptation of the novel by Christopher Priest offers three acts of exasperating muddle. "
" 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. "
" The film's title is defined as the big finish to a magic trick, but the prestige of The Prestige just lies there like an abracadaver. "
" The Prestige is a trick box with too many false bottoms. "
" The tit-for-tat scenario ought to be wildly entertaining, but the magic is crude, the characters flyweight, and the story protracted and unpleasant. "
" The who's-bilking-whom mind games make for compelling fun, but once the presto moment of The Prestige is revealed, you're left with nothing but shattered illusions. "
" Unfortunately the script is too smart for its own good. "
" Watching The Prestige is like observing a magic act where the magician's sleight-of-hand isn't deft enough. The trick almost works, but not quite. "
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