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Los Angeles Times


OVERRATED The restraint of 'The Illusionist' (2010): Not to be confused with the 2006 drama starring Ed Norton, this Oscar-nominated animated film by "The Triplets of Belleville's" Sylvain Chomet is visually stunning, but such a relentless downer it borders on audience cruelty. It's not that the story of a struggling magician and his paternal relationship with a young girl needs a happy ending, but allowing for a sliver of hope somewhere -- anywhere -- would’ve been welcome.Sony Pictures Classics