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Parents' Guide to

The Illusionist

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Magic tricks and a murder mystery. Teens and up.

Movie PG-13 2006 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+


This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

No smoke and mirrors here.

A Great slow building story that leads to an ending that will blow your mind.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

A ravishing romance framed as a slow-moving mystery, THE ILLUSIONIST smartly questions the distinctions and overlaps between belief and truth. On one hand, it concerns a young couple whose love is denied by their class differences. In between, the film also looks at class and gender conflicts, with an acknowledgment of racism of the day (19th century Vienna).

Aided considerably by Philip Glass' typically swirling score, the film uses Uhl's skepticism to offset Edward's inscrutability and Sophie's passion, but all three characters live earnestly in a realm of faith and trust. While they all oppose the practical, egotistical prince by nature, they also fall under his rule. Leopold, by turn, hates their romanticism.

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