Insomnia (2002)



Critic Consensus: Driven by Pacino's performance, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.

Movie Info

A sleep-deprived detective is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse by the primary suspect, events escalate and the detective finds his own stability dangerously threatened.

Rating: R (for language, some violence and brief nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Hillary Seitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2002
Box Office: $67.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Det. Will Dormer

as Walter Finch

as Det. Ellie Burr

as Rachel Clement

as Hap Eckhart

as Fred Duggar

as Chief Charles Nyback

as Randy Stetz

as Tanya Francke

as Farrell

as Francis

as Officer No. 1

as Officer No. 2

as Kay Connell

as Coroner

as Mrs. Connell

as Stunt Coordinator

as Girl At Funeral

as Trish Eckhart

as Uniformed Officer

as Warfield

as Woman On The Road

as Girl at Funeral

as Ticket Taker

as Uniformed Officer
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Critic Reviews for Insomnia

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (47)

Like Memento, it invites viewing over and over again.

Full Review… | August 25, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Insomnia is not so much about the murder mystery as it is about Will's internal struggle with what's right and what's possibly okay.

Full Review… | August 25, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.

Full Review… | August 25, 2014
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

With a run-of-the-mill bad-guy actor playing chief suspect Walter Finch, the movie might have tipped too far Pacino's way. But Robin Williams is a shockingly effective counterweight.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Top Critic

Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Insomnia

Good thriller that keeps you guessing from the start. I still can't get over Robin Williams as a bad guy; the fact that he took on a villainous role as opposed to a comedy role made the movie that much better.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Can't remember if I saw this in the movies when it first came out or if I watched it at home and forgot to write it up. But after watching a second time hard to imagine it was produced 10 years ago. Al Pacino plays awesome part as he always does as a cop. He's in Alaska working on a case when he kills his partner. The case is a teen age girl was murdered and Robin Williams is the killer he's tracking down as the movie mazes about, excellent twist here and there. Williams always seems to play a excellent Psycho. 4 stars for this one 2-27-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


A mix of Silence of the Lambs and Memento, Insomnia is a bleak yet excellent thriller with great performances from Pacino and Williams. The formation and unraveling of the lies that Pacino's character crafts are fascinating to watch. Nolan once more shines as a director, and the cinematography and film editing are effective and top notch.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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