Critic Review - New York Magazine/Vulture

I wanted to surrender to this dream; I didn't want to be out in the cold, alone. But I truly have no idea what so many people are raving about.

July 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (470)
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Films-4-Plimps

Sam Plimpton

Nerd RAGE! NERD SMASH! Mom, more HOT-POCKETS! Me love Dark Knight! Critic no like movie! Critic BAD! NERD ANGRY! Watched internet PORN, now nerd sleepy. zzzz

Jul 15 - 10:52 AM

Chris

Taylor Mahaffey

Where are the other 93 fresh reviews?

http://www.nolanfans.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=1844&start=0#ixzz0tin7L8I9

Jul 16 - 02:29 AM

Russo0919

Eric Russo

This movie was a masterpiece and critics reasons for disliking it have been absolutly ridiculas as usual..check out my video review on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnujrcinmXw

Jul 16 - 02:33 PM

Omar Angel V.

Omar Angel Vargas Aguilera

This is yet another critic who was too stupid to understand the movie. Look for other job, you suck as a critic.

Jul 16 - 10:03 PM

Marvin T.

Marvin Tran

This guy can be trusted he's not like Armond White. I can understand why he didn't like inception, but I personally LOVED it. Don't let this guys negative reveiw keep you from watching it. Because I know that this movie really is mind blowing.

So please don't make fun of his opinion because he's just human and he has reasons behind his opinion. Unlike ARmond white Don't ever trust ARmond White.

Jul 17 - 12:25 AM

Marvin T.

Marvin Tran

This guy can be trusted he's not like Armond White. I can understand why he didn't like inception, but I personally LOVED it. Don't let this guys negative reveiw keep you from watching it. Because I know that this movie really is mind blowing.

So please don't make fun of his opinion because he's just human and he has reasons behind his opinion. Unlike ARmond white Don't ever trust ARmond White.

Jul 17 - 12:26 AM

Charlie

Charles Krinel

where is Armond White when you need him...

Jul 17 - 01:47 PM

Go Dog Go

PT 9000

If he doesn't know what people are raving about, perhaps he isn't qualified to review movies at all.

Honestly, why do all the NY critics (but few others) harp on what is a HUGE success for over 94% of the cinephiles here?

Jul 18 - 04:28 PM

Cineaste

Cineaste Cahiers Du Cinema

Saw Inception, wow- I was completely right- it sucks in every single aspect cinema, and even invents a few more categories for maximum "suckage".

The good thing is, in case any of you are really worried (and I know you all are), I got to see it for free with a pass. The only problem is, they should have paid me to see it. For 2.5 hours, you could really do something better with your life. You could even write a better movie than Inception which ultimately makes more sense.

The acting was poor, the editing was choppy, the script was asinine, inconsistent, overwrought, overlong, illogical and hackneyed, the direction was non-existent, and the scope of the film was far too limited and literal. Christopher Nolan truly is a hack on par with Michael Bay (in fact, Nolan has even admitted to loving Michael Bay's movies). Inception is not intelligent, it is pseudo-intellectualism posing as a profound piece of philosophy. It provides no creativity and does not belong in the same league as other masterpiece dream cinema by Bunuel, Lynch, Gondry, Fellini, etc. Hell, even "Total Recall" added a deft and intelligent discourse on the nature of identity and the power of dreams.

Inception deserves all the bad word of mouth it has been receiving and hopefully it will bomb at the box office the way it truly deserves to fail.

I would say moviegoers deserve better than this, but unfortunately the majority of you tasteless hacks (as evidenced by your uneducated comments which are bereft of any actual knowledge of cinema) actually think this is a masterpiece.

As I said, this film will not become a touchstone of dream cinema, and the negative reviews it will receive over the next 10-20 years will drop the tomatometer into the 65-75% range (certainly lower than this)

Jul 18 - 09:29 PM

Khalia T.

Khalia Thompson

You make me sad :(

Jul 21 - 10:50 AM

Khalia T.

Khalia Thompson

@ Cineaste C:You didn't like the cinematography? Score (which will win the Oscar)? Story? Characters? Nothing? You didn't like the fight scene in the hotel hallway? Are you sure you saw Inception and not A Team? Maybe you have a short attention span, that could account for it. I am honestly confused by your comment.

Jul 21 - 11:05 AM

rattus_norwegicus

Ole Mattis Opperud

I'll give you a hint; compare this movie with anything that has come out of Hollywood the last year.

Jul 22 - 01:13 AM

hodgepodge

mm mendoza

Ok, you hated it.
I won't even remember this critic's name when i buy my ticket to watch Inception again. :P

Jul 22 - 08:00 AM

Gio56

Fernanda Costa

Did any of you guys saw this:
http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/the_myth_of_a_perfect_film.html

Jul 22 - 11:23 AM

Gio56

Fernanda Costa

Did any of you guys saw this:
http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/the_myth_of_a_perfect_film.html

Jul 22 - 11:24 AM

Ken

Kenneth W.

Ebert gets it right there

Jul 23 - 07:06 PM

JerryKinfield X.

JerryKinfield XU

"Why is an ‚??inception‚?? more difficult than an extraction?" As exposited in the story before, dreams are like a immunity system. If any idea proves invalid with the cooperating ideas of the owner, then it will be looked at as hostile. Not really hard to think of... more along the lines of common sense and idealism blended with symbolism that inheritally must make sense without being too foreign from the mind. Extraction on the otherhand copies or literally takes the memories of individuals that were already recognized. The difference here is that the foreign alien-like deities entering the subconcious can decipher while masqerading and escape with the pillaged information. Inception delves deeper into making it look like the user had a choice or had experienced this phenomina. Though I agree that it relies allot on proven psychology when delved into further in order to snuff out pretentiousness.
"Saito says that with one phone call he can make the legal problems go away."
Yes he can. This is what i like to call Oberon Syndrome from A Midnight Summer's Dream, where Oberon is just God where the penetration of uncommon causality doesn't need to be explained. Analogously speaking, for anyone who hasn't heard of Oberon's lore (which I'm quite sure a good sum haven't) he is defined as a God, someone of superficial power or simply one of major power. From this, the story does not delve into their background stories, but also will not fall into lines of pretenious deux ex machina because these concepts are already recognized enough to be worldly. It also plays into the story's extreme usage of believability but more on that later." has cut among them in ways so ostentatious that he‚??s all but sewn up this year‚??s editing Oscar." Mmm yes and no. Analysis of dreams regard the effects of a imaginative realm where countless billions of possibiliies can happen in the visage of capability. With that said... yes I can agree that all of the outworldly effects rely heavily on the premise and the premise itself relies heavily on whethier you can accept questions or alternate theories on life. However, it does not eliminate from the quality of its cinematography because the depthtual conception is in momentum, allowing the feel of these CGI effects to be entertaining without being too gimmicky. (Also, asking many intelligent questions on the reality of the outside world itself hence the Dom Cobb getting stuck inbetween two walls a dream-like image suspiciously placed in the movie's claims of reality.)

""‚??You‚??re going to have to forgive yourself and confront her‚??‚??an empty line and the only kind Page gets""
Funny how this movie is one of the only movies to actually impose it's character's as just chess pieces in an elaborate, metaphysical area, while getting away with it in its bewildering atmosphere. I'm not expecting a college student to speak shakespearian or to make Robert Frost look down in shame with her analogies. It relies on the context of the information given... which though leaving some essence to those words missing, it cannot be given without it's merrits. Since she considerably is the director of this allegory expositing hollywood movies in general (ripped straight from the words of another reviewer whom I cannot name right now, but was quite fascinating).
"The attackers in Inception are anonymous, the tone flat and impersonal"
A. There dreams. Someone elses dreams for that matter. Makes sense along the lines of continuity why they wouldn't recognize or be recognized with any hint of emotion other then a Norton self-defense firewall. B. Impersonal you say?
With that I do have to agree... it feels as if the mind's being invaded could've had more creativity in their baddies to exemplify the nature of psychosis in sleep. Ofcoarse... then again the one's with mind's trained to be hostile can easily fit one source of imagery as a fashionate idea for their guardian's to resemble.
"literal-minded, too caught up in ticktock logistics" Ehh, not really. The clockwork of the mind doeesss seem somewhat farfetched with its Dragon Ball Z timescaling IF it had not delved into the limitless potential of a human's cerebral reflexes. The more linear side mentioned is caused by a receptor or architype that channels one's subconcious into a comfortable state which by all means of continiuty makes sense and is quite interesting to follow this new terrian-like version on what surfaces functions of the brain.

Jul 23 - 10:19 PM

JerryKinfield X.

JerryKinfield XU

Also forgot to add into the first few lines that more basic then in terms of "hostile" it is summarized as "astranged" and "weird" from the common norms controlled by the victim of this operation.

Jul 23 - 10:22 PM

nate b.

nate bahr

Love this people defending Edelstein's review: Yea lets back the guy who likes Salt and Alice in Wonderland but not the The Dark Knight or Inception...it would be the same as backing a sportswriter who thinks Jamarcus Russell is the best QB or the Lions as the best team in the NFL..whatta joke

Jul 26 - 05:39 PM

Jack R.

Jack Russell

I had a dream to last night. I wanted to surrender to that dream; I didn't want to be out in the cold. I half remember this dream, but I later found out that several other people had the same dream and they immeadiately surrendered to the dream. Whereas my dream, became a nightmare because I refused to surrender to it. Get the fuck outta here

Jul 28 - 03:12 AM

FieserTyp

Florian Hens

I wanted to surrender to your mom; I didn‚??t want to be out in the cold, alone. But I truly have no idea what so many people are raving about.

Aug 5 - 03:36 PM

Kerry_RT

kerry touch

Really, you got it right, its not that good, it certainly is NOWHERE near as good as people say. But i suppose I got suckered cos Nolan cant write beyond the level of Batman.

And to all those screaming hoards that's what this is.. just fanboy junk. Pity.

Aug 12 - 08:05 AM

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