'The Prestige' Critic Reviews

99%
MovieWeb:   21 reviews
76%
Rotten Tomatoes:   191 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    80
    A vividly crafted and cunning whodunit.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    The Prestige isn't art, but it reaps a lot of fun out of the question, How did they do that?
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Entertaining, spirited and shamelessly gimmicky, Christopher Nolan's film tells the intricate tale of two rival magicians practicing their art in late-Victorian London.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Gripping, suspenseful, mysterious, moving and often darkly funny.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    The Prestige is wonderfully engrossing, darkly mysterious and entertaining from start to finish.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Okay, I'll say it: If you see only one magic-at-the-turn-of-the-century movie this year, make it this one.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    This is grand, half-crazy fun, and Jackman and Bale are committed to their parts: Genuine madness glints in their eyes.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Scott Foundas Village Voice (Top Critic)
    An oddly lopsided yet compulsively absorbing movie.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    63
    By describing the structure of a great trick in a movie about a great trick, The Prestige makes a promise it can't keep. Its third act is about as convincing as a photo of a cow jumping over the moon.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    It's more confusing than absorbing.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Christopher Nolan's directing skills are in evidence with The Prestige, which follows the long feud of Victorian-era illusionists.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The tit-for-tat scenario ought to be wildly entertaining, but the magic is crude, the characters flyweight, and the story protracted and unpleasant.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    It's quite a movie -- atmospheric, obsessive, almost satanic.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The Prestige gets to be a bit of a grind after a while, despite all the finery and the elegantly detailed atmosphere.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The elegant contours of The Illusionist are even more impressive compared with Christopher Nolan's clutter of double and triple crosses in The Prestige.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Siblings Jonathan and Christopher Nolan's adaptation of the novel by Christopher Priest offers three acts of exasperating muddle.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    A twisty, tense chiller.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    A great contraption of a film, The Prestige is a classy little maze of distractions, obsessions and showmanship, a magic trick of a movie that keeps the viewer mesmerized and then ends with a flourish.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    Parts of the film really stand out, but taken as a whole, it's a labyrinth of conflicting ideas.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    The movie is more infuriating and contrived than suspenseful and clever.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Pic insists on a depth of human emotion that isn't developed -- protags emerge as one-dimensional, despite the efforts of two of our best leading actors -- amid increasingly elaborate, uninvolving plot mechanizations.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    A pleasing puzzle of feuding conjurers played by Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman.
    Full Review » 8 years ago