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Inception (2010)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 288
Fresh: 249 | Rotten: 39

Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 8

Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.

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Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can't get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their

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An astonishment, an engineering feat, and, finally, a folly.

July 19, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (301)
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It's only the latest indication that Christopher Nolan might be the slyest narrative tactician making movies today.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (4)
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Pretty good, not bad, but brilliant it surely ain't.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (43)
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Inception is a boldly constructed wonder with plenty of -- as one character describes it -- "paradoxical architecture."

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (5)
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I found myself admiring the movie's stubborn adherence to its own universe and logic.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comments (4)
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Nolan, like Cobb, is an assiduous extractor, and he knows how to wow audiences. But scaling big and thinking big are not the same thing. And dark, just because it's dark, isn't more artistic than light.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
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Inception is the best film of the year and one of the best films of the decade, this is Nolan's masterpiece and it is perfect in every regard.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Nolan's eyes here were a little too big for his stomach.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

A smart and inventive thriller, this drama is one of the year's best movies.

December 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Nolan has cemented himself among the great filmmakers of our time, not only with this film, but with most of his other works as well.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Despite its two- and a half-hour length, it flies by and just like a great dream you don't want to wake up from, even after the end credits start, you'll desperately crave five more minutes.

August 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Ambitious, sure, but ultimately too far-fetched for its own good.

July 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemania | Comments (8)

The technical virtuosity pouring from every frame is astounding.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

It's intentionally, thrillingly, disorienting.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Flaws aside, there's a lot to like about Inception and Nolan keeps his eye on the ball throughout, offering up a lush treat of a thriller with nerve and wit

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comments (2)
ComingSoon.net

Taken at theatrical value, director/writer Christopher Nolan's tale of purposeful memory-travel is a fun and exciting trip into the creative subconscious.

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR

A film trying feverishly to spin your head whilst feverishly trying to explain how it's spinning it.

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Platform | Comments (41)

It is the film by which to measure the density of all others.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

What is the point of having an imagination, I ask you, if the only thing that can be imagined is mayhem, perpetrated without regard for even the appearance of human life?

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: The Nation | Comments (45)
The Nation

A brain-twister to be sure. But the fact that the plot demands attention only adds to the exhilaration. This is a story about dreams that requires the audience to stay awake.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk | Comment (1)
Movie Talk

It's a bold, stunning feature of impossible technical virtuosity. It also has the tendency to be about as emotionally stimulating as a college lecture.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Comment (1)
BrianOrndorf.com

This is architecture as cinema, on every level: Narrative, conceptual, symbolic, visual...

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View | Comment (1)
Parallax View

Christopher Nolan has created a Lynchian fantasy set in the mind that is devastating in its originality and innovation...

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (13)
Cinema Crazed

...there's no denying those special effects. They are spectacular and creative in the extreme.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
Movie Metropolis

The reality isn't quite as enthralling as one would hope.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies | Comments (24)
Knight at the Movies

The action set pieces are deliriously spectacular; one involving a gravity-impaired Gordon-Levitt in an ever-rotating hallway is wondrous to behold.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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Audience Reviews for Inception

A mind-blowing, fantastic film concerning dreams and their dimensions, and how one man (DiCaprio) assembles a team together in order to plant an idea in an important businessman's mind (Cillian Murphy), so that he can be granted his wish to return to his home. This is a mostly astonishing picture, one that requires its audience to remain on the edge of their seats throughout its entirety. With so many thoughtless, hollow summer blockbusters coming out nowadays, it's a treat to finally see something of this complexity come out at this time of the year. Leo, as always, turns in a magnificent performance. The only fault this film has is its lack of character development amongst the supporting parts, which I originally dismissed but now that I think of it - what do we know about Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film despite him walking all over walls and Tom Hardy's smart-aleckness? Although it's easy to get lost in this adventure, director Nolan doesn't expect you to understand every key aspect of this film. Instead, just accept the fact that this is a complicated movie, but one whose story is handled with meticulous care. Without question a very good film, and one that is deserving of the massive amount of attention and cash-flow it has received.
December 18, 2013
Dan Schultz

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Paid more for IMAX. Not terribly impressed. I've been waiting for another "Memento"-esque movie from Nolan, but the more popular he gets, the more mainstream his movies become. Huge blockbuster effects over subtle representations of deceit, action, and love.

This movie about dreams doesn't really gel with me personally because I don't have dreams in which I can "do anything." I can't make decisions in my dreams, so I was hoping this movie would address how different people dream, dream theory, common dreams, and perhaps dream interpretation, not just cool zero gravity fight scenes and "repression."

There are also several plot holes/inconsistencies. I don't buy that Ariadne would be the only one to try to crack Cobb's subconsciousness. His team has worked with him for much longer, and they still don't realize what danger they're in? How could the team not have realized Arthur's dream would coincide with the van crashing off the bridge and as such, prepare for zero gravity? What is this call that Saito makes to absolve Cobb of his past? How is Cobb even implicated in Mal's death when her point of impact from the hotel room is below a different hotel room than the one that holds signs of struggle? Why is Mal's name so obviously evil? And IF the top DOESN'T topple over at the end, then whose dream and what level are we in? The emotional and psychological elements of the movie aren't as effortlessly beautiful as the easily malleable dream worlds, which as I mentioned before, isn't EVERYONE'S dream world.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is just about the hottest guy ever. Cillian Murphy is a close second.
July 18, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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Perhaps the story is complex, but not too complex if you pay attention...and pay attention, because the story's great! Joseph Gordon-Levitt is wonderful, as always. Fantastic CGI. Very entertaining.
June 10, 2013
cchclaw

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    1. Arthur: We need a big kick
    2. Mal: What's a kick?
    3. Eames: This, darling, is a kick.
    – Submitted by Jade C (7 months ago)
    1. Eames: I'm ok! Fisher is ok, unless he gets car sick.
    – Submitted by Jade C (7 months ago)
    1. Cobb: An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.
    – Submitted by Akshay 7 (10 months ago)
    1. Cobb: What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere.
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (10 months ago)
    1. Cobb: Well, dreams, they feel real while we're in them right? Its only when we wake up then we realize that something was actually strange.
    – Submitted by gage l (15 months ago)
    1. Cobb: That price on my head, was that dead or alive?
    2. Eames: Not sure. See if he starts shooting.
    – Submitted by Miguel V (17 months ago)
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