Tomatometer Watch: Inception Gets First Rotten Review

Early indicators point to another critical rave for The Dark Knight director

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UPDATE! Scroll to the bottom to read more about Inception's first Rotten review.

"From the director of The Dark Knight." Those words impart some serious expectations for Christopher Nolan's Inception, not just in commercial terms (the Bat-sequel took $533 million in the US alone) but also critical stature -- 2008's Knight earned a lofty 94% "Fresh" rating on RT; the kind of numbers usually unheard of for a superhero film.

In fact, Nolan's got a track record beyond the Bat that's going to be just as tough to measure himself against. Consider the stats: his 1998 debut, Following, is at 80% (with 20 reviews counted); 2001's breakthrough Memento at 93% (134 reviews); 2002's thriller Insomnia 92% (166 reviews); and 2005's Batman Begins boasts an 85% fresh score (254 reviews). Even the critical runt of Nolan's litter, 2006's duel of the magicians The Prestige, is sitting on Certified Fresh with 75% from 187 reviews.


Plenty to live up to, sure -- but if the early, ecstatic reviews arriving for the film are any indication, Inception just might turn out to be Christopher Nolan's best-reviewed film yet.

Justin Chang at Variety writes that, "If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood's most inventive dreamers, given the evidence of his commandingly clever Inception." He goes on to call Nolan's filmmaking "an activity devoted to constructing a simulacrum of reality, intended to seduce us, mess with our heads and leave a lasting impression," and concludes, simply, "Mission accomplished."

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt declares the movie, "A devilishly complicated, fiendishly enjoyable sci-fi voyage across a dreamscape that is thoroughly compelling." Seems Inception had some major impact on the critic, too. "Sometimes originality comes at a cost though," Honeycutt writes. "At the end, you may find yourself utterly exhausted."

If those reviews aren't rapturous enough, Techland's Steven James Snyder awards Inception his, "Best of 2010 thus far." And he went in with heightened anticipation: "I expected a lot, but still walked out hypnotized," Snyder says. "Here's a movie that's 3 steps ahead of you, on 4 different levels, at 5 blinding speeds."

UPDATE: The first Rotten review came in Monday morning, with #18 breaking Inception's 100% streak early (comparatively, Toy Story 3 had over 100 reviews before its first Rotten). Top Critic David Edelstein of New York Magazine took umbrage with Nolan's downbeat demeanor, claiming him "too literal-minded, too caught up in ticktock logistics, to make a great, untethered dream movie." Edelstein, who also panned the other two Nolan movies he reviewed (The Dark Knight and The Prestige), is among the critics who recognize Inception as one more from the head than the heart, but takes it all the way by calling it out as a movie of "brontosaurean effects [with a] tone is so solemn [he] felt out of line even cracking a smile."

Keep it tuned to Inception's page right here to find out just how the Tomatometer fares as more reviews start rolling in.


Comments

Superzone

Link O'Fett

My guess is 95%-99%. The early reviews are extremely positive. I can't wait to see this!!

Jul 7 - 04:46 PM

jhawkin1

Jim Hawkins

you and me both!!! 103 positive reviews and only 3 negative reviews total (RT only has a select few critics or hasn't kept up) and 3 mixed out of 109 total reviews!!

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

Jul 13 - 10:11 AM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

PLEASE stop hyping this! You're just giving me ulcers! I want this to be good so much, hence I am bracing for any possible disappointment. Let me keep my expectations reasonable!

Jul 7 - 04:52 PM

Velveeta

greg smith

I know exactly how you feel. It's like someone is trying to insert the idea that "this movie will make all your wildest dreams come true" into my subconscious. I'm glad the reviews are what they are (so far), but i want to love this movie on my own terms.

Jul 8 - 04:30 AM

Brendon D.

Brendon Day

Hype is how you kill a movie, This happened when i went to see Paranormal Activity, i didn't like it, i despised it. Mainly due to the hype, maybe.

I'm sure this happened to Splice as well, everyone hyped that up but then ocne it came out people were disappointed, HINT: do not hype a movie up or you will always walk away disappointed

Jul 12 - 10:25 PM

DANNY S.

DANNY STEVENS

Uhmmmm then stop coming here and reading the reviews!

Jul 13 - 04:04 PM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

Expectations are for dull-witted fanwhiners.

Jul 14 - 04:50 AM

K

KateBeckinsaleLover Clarke

There's no possible way that it'll stay at 100%, what with the likes of Armond White still "trolling" around in this world (well him and the very few in his group of followers). My guess is the same as the Superzone's post up top (so anywhere from 95%-99%).

Jul 7 - 05:02 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Yeah,im exitced to see his review!

Jul 7 - 06:15 PM

DARKEST KNIGHT

Darkest Knight

Is Armond White a critic, anywho INCEPTION has been on my radar for some time now. Cant wait to see it, i like how he didnt really give anything away in the trailers. Top 90 percentile easy.

Jul 8 - 08:31 AM

Phillip N.

Phillip Nguyen

Armound White's blurb is porbably be something as stupid as this: "Inception is a confusing, pretentious piece of art which makes dreams look more real then they are."

Jul 8 - 10:02 AM

Adrian S.

Adrian Smith

Armond White has ruined Pixar films and specially the 100% for Toy Story 3, he also published that Clash is better than TLoTR,,,,I hope Inception gets a high percent of positive reviews

Jul 8 - 12:09 PM

Hemal B.

Hemal Bhawani

Bah! You're only picking on Arnold because he is retarded.

Jul 8 - 11:17 PM

Dylan S.

Dylan Schmidt

hahahaha true that

Jul 9 - 11:41 AM

AskACapper.com

Chuck Bittner

Can we get Armond White banned from RT? He obviously does it for the attention and hype. I say we get AW banned as a reviewer on rt... he = cancer.

Jul 9 - 08:31 AM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

Sadly, he's a member of the New York media. So outside of being found guilty of plagiarizing (and with the level of stupidity in his reviews, it's highly unlikely), there's no way he'll get the boot from RT.

I really pity the people who actually rely on his reviews to determine what films they'll watch.

Jul 11 - 06:14 AM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

funny...I pity ANYONE who uses a film review to choose what to watch...

Trailers are all ANYONE needs to know if a film is something they might like.

Jul 12 - 06:32 PM

Vikingsia20

Neil Wehmas

gm1200,

I don't base the movies I watch on a single review. However, the Tomato meter does help. If a movie is sitting at 15% or lower, I'm a little weary of watching it. Anything hovering around the 50% or better, I will probably consider. The 90% or better, I will try to find a way to see. (I say try because some of those indy films are tough to find in theaters, and I forget when they reach DVD.)

Jul 12 - 11:06 PM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Why don't you wait until you SEE the movie before panning critics who hate it????

Maybe...just MAYBE you will see it and hate it too!!!

Although if a devout worshipper of the church of Nolan you will have to disavow any knowledge of hating it...

Jul 12 - 06:31 PM

K

KateBeckinsaleLover Clarke

Well I could very well hate it, we'll just have to wait and see on Friday when I review it.

Jul 12 - 10:00 PM

Vikingsia20

Neil Wehmas

We don't need Inception to pan on Armond White. We have all of the Pixar movies, the Dark Knight, and The Lord of the Rings to help us out. To say Clash of the Titans is worse than Lord of the Rings which won 11 Academy Awards (Return of the King) is utter foolishness and stupidity. Inception may turn out to be over-hyped (which I am afraid of, like many of you...then again I was worried that would happen with Toy Story 3 and was wrong.), but that doesn't undo the other stupidity of Armond White.

Jul 12 - 11:03 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

See, I'm betting more conservatively and saying 90-95%... and if I wanted to be even more conservative, I'd say 85%-95%, somewhere in there.

That said, I had a nightmare (I kid you not) that it dropped to 68%. Let it not be so!

Jul 7 - 05:13 PM

rle4lunch

Chad W

You had a dream about the RT % meter? I would say that borders on sick, and that you should probably get checked out for mental issues.

Jul 8 - 04:17 AM

KJ Cassidy

kurt cassidy

It happens to me all the time, man, i guess we just have mental issues according to that guy with the motorcycle picture.

Jul 8 - 07:27 AM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

I have nightmares that the Captain of Team Cutler turns out to be my grandmother.

Jul 8 - 07:31 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

I haven't seen 'ol Captain around in a long time. That guy used to get people going, I loved reading the replies that he got. Although he was a tool.

Jul 8 - 11:27 AM

DoctorSubmarine

Josh Rosenfield

Dude, I had a similar dream about the Toy Story 3 Tomatometer. He's not alone.

Jul 8 - 02:53 PM

Chris M.

Chris McBean

I had a dream that I made friends with a dog that turned into a bounding giant black Nike Air trainer.

Jul 12 - 07:00 AM

Bong A.

Bong Abueg

Nightmare, you say? I think that can be fixed. Maybe Nolan's in it feeding you ideas right now.

Are you sure you're awake now?

Jul 10 - 02:01 AM

Duncan W.

Duncan Willoughby

lol vashfanatic....that's funny how you can have a nightmare about a movie you have high hopes for falling on the tomatometer..that happens to me sometimes too

but this is nolan....he can't fail in our hearts but you can never say never....no one is perfect...even the best directors and veterans out there have made bad movies in their careers...not duds, but bad ones. nolans track record just seems undefeated so far but he hasnt been in the game yet that long, hes just been off to a great start because he is in fact brilliant.

i have such high expectations for this because i loved TDK and i didnt have major expectations for TDK because i didnt think it was going to be as intense as it was.

however, we need to slow our expectations we dont want to disappoint ourselves. go in with the mindset that this is something completely new from nolan and its no dark knight, until we see it and can judge it for ourselves........but i got scared when i saw the first rotten review come in so early.

Jul 13 - 08:39 AM

AlexDeLargeisHere

Harold Warren

I fear that it will drop to 68% also, probably because Shutter Island (2010) did.

Jul 14 - 02:04 AM

smi1ey

Matt Dunn

I was excited for this movie when I saw the first trailer, as it reminded me of the trailer for "The Matrix", which both bewildered and enticed me. All these glowing reviews are making me even more excited, so I really hope this lives up to expectations! I'm saying 91%+.

Jul 7 - 05:17 PM

jim m.

jim me

why should it live up to expectations? watch it and enjoy it. The hype and expectations ruin movies all the time.

Jul 14 - 12:17 AM

David W.

John Warner

I'm guessing 91%

Jul 7 - 05:23 PM

Nick B.

Nick Bowler

I'm going with 95%. Christopher Nolan is the man!

Jul 7 - 05:27 PM

Merc With a Mouth

Sawyer Jackson

I want Armond White to get swine flu.

Jul 7 - 05:30 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

As someone who had swine flu, I would not wish that on anyone. I do wish he'd stop reviewing, though.

Jul 7 - 05:39 PM

cornelius fucklebutt

John Maus

I bet he has Mad Cow.

Jul 7 - 05:53 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

I bet he knows that if he gives bad movies good reviews and good movies bad ones (and he is so consistent on this I cannot help but believe it is intentional) that he will go from being a no-name reviewer to one of the best-known in the country, with everyone reading his reviews just so they can vehemently disagree with him.

Jul 7 - 05:57 PM

Jason C Wilkerson

Jason Wilkerson

I think it's more like Armond has watched too many movies and TV shows. He thinks every scenario in life needs a villain. There he is sitting at his computer writing his review saying sinisterly to himself: "I am the villain of this story!"

Jul 7 - 08:41 PM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Actually if you check his histroy he agrees with both the RT community AND other critics a vast majority of the time.

Even though I agree he is pretentious and downright stupid, the only real differance between him and most reviewers is that he tends to disagree on really BIG pictures...making it seem like he is always at odds.

Jul 12 - 06:34 PM

Jason C Wilkerson

Jason Wilkerson

52% isn't the vast majority of the time. The vast majority of the time is 75%+.

Jul 13 - 12:09 PM

Stark Industrialist

Daniel Morris

How about swine-bird-cow-AIDS-cancer-racism-disease

Jul 7 - 09:45 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Why not just a shotgun to the face? Wait. What? I don't advocate shooting bad critics. Just get Patton Oswalt to cook him some food and he'll be nice.

Jul 8 - 07:29 AM

dj Mark

Mark Marquis

Meanwhile, Armond White is sitting at his computer reading these comments when he suddenly exclaims:

"Yessssssss.... I feel your ANGER... Give in to your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be COMPLEEEETE!"

Jul 8 - 09:07 AM

T45Red

Mitchell Nash

Haha! That was great!

Jul 10 - 12:30 AM

T45Red

Mitchell Nash

That was a reply to dj Mark by the way.

Also, there should be a "Report Awesomeness" next to the Report Abuse button. :P

Jul 10 - 12:32 AM

Crazy Pup

Andrew Duran

that was a good one. lol

Jul 12 - 06:33 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

As someone who had swine flu, I would not wish that on anyone. I do wish he'd stop reviewing, though.

Jul 7 - 05:39 PM

Myze

Myze Divine

Well, the best way, as always, to get a rough estimate of whether or not a movie will stay in the upper 90's range (when it's at 100%) is to look at the "Average Rating" number. No, there aren't many reviews up as of yet, but the rating is sitting at 8.6, which is very high, and close to around what TS3 was. I would expect (without being overly confident) that the end tomatometer will be about 97-99%.

Jul 7 - 05:40 PM

drew h.

drew howard

11th comment yay

Jul 7 - 05:42 PM

KJ Cassidy

kurt cassidy

Fail

Jul 8 - 10:29 AM

cornelius fucklebutt

John Maus

I bet he has Mad Cow.

Jul 7 - 05:53 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

I bet he knows that if he gives bad movies good reviews and good movies bad ones (and he is so consistent on this I cannot help but believe it is intentional) that he will go from being a no-name reviewer to one of the best-known in the country, with everyone reading his reviews just so they can vehemently disagree with him.

Jul 7 - 05:57 PM

Jason C Wilkerson

Jason Wilkerson

I think it's more like Armond has watched too many movies and TV shows. He thinks every scenario in life needs a villain. There he is sitting at his computer writing his review saying sinisterly to himself: "I am the villain of this story!"

Jul 7 - 08:41 PM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Actually if you check his histroy he agrees with both the RT community AND other critics a vast majority of the time.

Even though I agree he is pretentious and downright stupid, the only real differance between him and most reviewers is that he tends to disagree on really BIG pictures...making it seem like he is always at odds.

Jul 12 - 06:34 PM

Jason C Wilkerson

Jason Wilkerson

52% isn't the vast majority of the time. The vast majority of the time is 75%+.

Jul 13 - 12:09 PM

Stark Industrialist

Daniel Morris

How about swine-bird-cow-AIDS-cancer-racism-disease

Jul 7 - 09:45 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Why not just a shotgun to the face? Wait. What? I don't advocate shooting bad critics. Just get Patton Oswalt to cook him some food and he'll be nice.

Jul 8 - 07:29 AM

Alex Vo

Alex Vo

12th comment all right

Jul 7 - 05:53 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

I don't think it will stay in the 90's. The movie is too high concept for a lot of people. I guarantee you, a bunch of reviewers will call it "pretentious." Anyways, this summer has sucked so far... so I hope to like it. But I don't want to get my expectations too high

Jul 7 - 05:57 PM

Jason C Wilkerson

Jason Wilkerson

I think that's a reason it might not do as well at the box office as some are hoping, but I think the high concept will appeal to a great many critics who are foaming at the mouth for originality.

Jul 7 - 08:43 PM

Jordan L.

Jordan Lofgren

The summer sucked so far? O_o I thought it sucked (with exception of Iron Man 2)...and then it turned into the best summer movie experience I've had when Toy Story 3 came out, which brought me to tears. O_O

Jul 8 - 10:15 AM

Adrian S.

Adrian Smith

agree, most movies have sucked, but Toy Story 3 saved the summer, that is the best I´ve seen so far this year

Jul 8 - 12:13 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

I bet he knows that if he gives bad movies good reviews and good movies bad ones (and he is so consistent on this I cannot help but believe it is intentional) that he will go from being a no-name reviewer to one of the best-known in the country, with everyone reading his reviews just so they can vehemently disagree with him.

Jul 7 - 05:57 PM

Jason C Wilkerson

Jason Wilkerson

I think it's more like Armond has watched too many movies and TV shows. He thinks every scenario in life needs a villain. There he is sitting at his computer writing his review saying sinisterly to himself: "I am the villain of this story!"

Jul 7 - 08:41 PM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Actually if you check his histroy he agrees with both the RT community AND other critics a vast majority of the time.

Even though I agree he is pretentious and downright stupid, the only real differance between him and most reviewers is that he tends to disagree on really BIG pictures...making it seem like he is always at odds.

Jul 12 - 06:34 PM

Jason C Wilkerson

Jason Wilkerson

52% isn't the vast majority of the time. The vast majority of the time is 75%+.

Jul 13 - 12:09 PM

thomas m.

thomas matt

i don't really to trust early reviews. they always start positive and than they go negative. it has to start with "near-perfect reviews" to let other critics having approximatly the same review, or let say less better reviews but still positive.

Jul 7 - 05:58 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

Or, in the case of "Last Airbender," it has to start at 0% and inch its way up with a few ppl who can't smell the stinker it is (or are just attention seekers). Nothing (or at least nearly nothing) ever stays at 0% or 100%.

Jul 7 - 06:04 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Unless your Jaws,the godfather,or the first 2 Toy Story movies XD

Jul 7 - 06:16 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

Yeah, there's that nice advantage of being OLDER. There's definite age inflation at this site, in case you can't tell.

Jul 7 - 07:08 PM

Aaron W.

Aaron Wilson

http://rottentomatoes.com/top/bestofrt_range.php
and
http://rottentomatoes.com/browser.php?movietype=3&genre=&tomatometer=%3D0%25s&avgrating=&numreviews=5&mpaa=&decade=&video_format=

Jul 14 - 07:09 PM

Aaron W.

Aaron Wilson

I meant http://rottentomatoes.com/browser.php?movietype=3&genre=&tomatometer=%3D0%25s&avgrating=&numreviews=5&mpaa=

Jul 14 - 07:12 PM

Tyler S.

Tyler Schwab

Not always true. Early reviews for Julie and Julia were at 20% at RT. They ended at 75%. Same with Inglorious Basterds. Early reviews gave it like high 50's. Ended at what, 88%?

Jul 7 - 10:20 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

Or, in the case of "Last Airbender," it has to start at 0% and inch its way up with a few ppl who can't smell the stinker it is (or are just attention seekers). Nothing (or at least nearly nothing) ever stays at 0% or 100%.

Jul 7 - 06:04 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Unless your Jaws,the godfather,or the first 2 Toy Story movies XD

Jul 7 - 06:16 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

Yeah, there's that nice advantage of being OLDER. There's definite age inflation at this site, in case you can't tell.

Jul 7 - 07:08 PM

Aaron W.

Aaron Wilson

http://rottentomatoes.com/top/bestofrt_range.php
and
http://rottentomatoes.com/browser.php?movietype=3&genre=&tomatometer=%3D0%25s&avgrating=&numreviews=5&mpaa=&decade=&video_format=

Jul 14 - 07:09 PM

Aaron W.

Aaron Wilson

I meant http://rottentomatoes.com/browser.php?movietype=3&genre=&tomatometer=%3D0%25s&avgrating=&numreviews=5&mpaa=

Jul 14 - 07:12 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Yeah,im exitced to see his review!

Jul 7 - 06:15 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

Unless your Jaws,the godfather,or the first 2 Toy Story movies XD

Jul 7 - 06:16 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

Yeah, there's that nice advantage of being OLDER. There's definite age inflation at this site, in case you can't tell.

Jul 7 - 07:08 PM

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Jul 7 - 06:21 PM

Velveeta

greg smith

Oh, yeah, uh, while I'm here talking about Inception's reviews, I think I'll pick up a handbag or two...

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