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  • Summary: Christopher Nolan directs this 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. (Touchstone Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 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.
  2. The Prestige isn't art, but it reaps a lot of fun out of the question, How did they do that?
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    80
    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.
  4. 75
    Christopher Nolan's The Prestige has just about everything I require in a movie about magicians, except ... the Prestige.
  5. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    63
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. Thus, we find ourselves watching an ice-cold movie about competition that contains not a shred of rooting interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 157
  1. Jan 12, 2011
    10
    what a movie! omg! no doubt, Chris Nolan is one of the best in the game! the cast, the plot, the twists..wonderful! genius..i'm speechlesswhat a movie! omg! no doubt, Chris Nolan is one of the best in the game! the cast, the plot, the twists..wonderful! genius..i'm speechless right now,i..i..i was blown away...vuf..100 out of 10! 100!!!!! Expand
  2. EricR
    Oct 26, 2006
    10
    Good evening readers, it is not every day I feel so inclined to sit down and type out a movie review, but after seeing The Prestige today I Good evening readers, it is not every day I feel so inclined to sit down and type out a movie review, but after seeing The Prestige today I simply cannot resist the temptation to share with everyone how great of a movie this is. The film is truly a fantastic story of two men's obsession and how their obsessions come to destroy one another. It all begins with a magic trick gone horribly wrong and elevates into trickery and showmanship to the Nth degree. The film makes perfect use of the magician Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    10
    I know some won't agree with me here, but, easily one of Christopher Nolan's best films. The script is impeccable, the editing is damn nearI know some won't agree with me here, but, easily one of Christopher Nolan's best films. The script is impeccable, the editing is damn near perfect, and the cinematography is just what we come to expect from Wally Pfister, the best. A terrific film and a great bridge between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan hones his craft with every film he makes. Expand
  4. DrewF.
    Oct 21, 2006
    9
    Fantastic cast. Tremendous story. Great expose on the complexities of obsession. This shoots to the top of my list for best movies of the year.
  5. JaimeLavie
    Apr 26, 2008
    9
    I usually don't vote, nor comment on movies. This time though, I have to : what is this about "science-fiction" ruining the movie or I usually don't vote, nor comment on movies. This time though, I have to : what is this about "science-fiction" ruining the movie or "hollow ending" ? Some critics obviously need to see the movie twice, maybe then they will understand why it is called "the prestige". The whole movie is a delightful, most enjoyable magical trick. But as Cutter explains in the movie : "people don't see the truth because they don't want to". Congratulations ! Expand
  6. NancyH.
    Oct 21, 2006
    8
    Surpisingly liked this more than the critics did...and yes, it's convulted and did leave some unanswered questions. But don't want Surpisingly liked this more than the critics did...and yes, it's convulted and did leave some unanswered questions. But don't want to post my questions and spoil it for the rest of you. Cast is very good and cinematography captures the mood of the period. But I liked the Illusionist better. Expand
  7. AlexB.
    Oct 21, 2006
    0
    Boring, predictable, terrible characters, slow, pointless. How could ANYONE like this pile?

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