The Prestige

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Rival magicians battle in smart, dark period tale.

PG-13 2006 135 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 68 reviews

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age 16+

The Prestige – It’s An Illusion With Little Real Class To Be Found Under The Surface

Such a fuss has been made of this movie that I expected something out-of-the-box, and for anyone willing to believe the unbelievable it might even seem so. It’s another example of how moviegoers and makers have embraced the format of ‘Style over Substance’. Everything about the story is so far-fetched and unbelievable that most of the time it’s simply not worth even considering the outcomes. It’s presented as if its fiction-fact, then swings into ridiculous science-fiction; Human Cloning in the 1890s! (and regularly overnight at that) If it weren’t for some reasonably convincing performances from the leads, stylish art direction and production design, moody lighting and cinematography (except for some unsteady handheld sections) this production would have fallen over in a heap. As it is, it holds it's own based on stylish looks smothered in over-done smoke and mirrors camouflage. Many seem to go for this style and bluster but some will come away feeling cheated and taken for fools (and not in any sort of a good way), it doesn’t do to think too much about this type of basically too clever for its own good writing. Characters are bleak and over-the-top nasty, not leaving much (if anything) to admire.
age 15+

not for young ones

It's very, very dark. If you have a 'sensitive' one, then tread gently.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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