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Memento Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 26, 2014
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Writer-director Christopher Nolan's second film is one of the most original and ultimately confounding mind games to reach the screen since The Usual Suspects.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2014
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The young British writer and director Christopher Nolan, who has every intention of putting us through the mill, doubles his fun by running the whole story backward.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 26, 2014
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The astonishing payoff takes the film to another level entirely, unleashing a battery of existential questions that shed new light on everything that precedes it.

Full Review Source: AV Club

March 26, 2014

Total Film

The three leads are excellent, but it's the masterful execution of an almost-too-clever-for-its-own-good concept which really makes this the most delicious kind of food for the mind.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

March 26, 2014
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

Pearce's central performance is as compelling as the film's premise and Nolan's execution of it. In Pearce's hands, Leonard is a time bomb with a short fuse.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

March 26, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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You have to pay close attention to Memento, the most original thriller to come along in years -- and one of the best.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

March 26, 2014
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

This terrific movie, about one man's quest for vengeance, does everything a thriller is supposed to do: intrigue, involve and keep you guessing.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

March 26, 2014
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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If nothing else, Memento is a savvy comment on the queasy uncertainties of the postmodern condition, in which history goes no further back than yesterday's news.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 26, 2014
David McGillivray
Radio Times

The mystery requires a lot of concentration, but the stunning final scene is ample reward. Not just an indulgence, the ingenious structure makes the point that memory, although unreliable, is what we depend upon for our sense of reality.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

March 26, 2014
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

This is the kind of movie that gas-bag instructors use to illustrate the concept that one man's reality is another's fiction. But it's puny stuff compared to Kurosawa's Rashomon.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 26, 2014
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

treats the audience with respect without being overly pretentious

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

January 2, 2013


Occasionally the film trips over its own complexity, but it's tense, devious and evokes Leonard's disorientation quite brilliantly. Operation of heavy machinery after watching is a definite no-no.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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More a puzzle than a meaningful story, it reminds me of how Edmund Wilson compared reading a mystery to eagerly unpacking a box of excelsior, only to find a few rusty nails at the bottom.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 27, 2011
Mike Scott

A brilliantly told mindbender, a perfect example of how the right approach to storytelling can elevate a film

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 4/4

March 18, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Nolan built a better mousetrap of a neo-noir, using the tricky gimmick of a complex, purposefully disorienting narrative. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 22, 2011
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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Memento is one of those jigsaw puzzles whose pieces snap together more tightly with each viewing. Fueling it all is a performance by Guy Pearce that's as indelible as the tattoo ink covering his body.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

February 17, 2011
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media

Innovative movie with a mature premise.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Nick Rogers

More than an enigmatic, jittery, occasionally funny treatise on vengeance's fruitlessness, "Memento" never abandons an emotional quandary: How can a man unable to feel time expect to heal? Leonard loses himself, as we all do, in habit and repetition.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2010
Emanuel Levy

Christopher Nolan's breakthrough feature is a terrific film noir, witty, inventive, thrilling and intriguing from the first frame to the very last.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

July 16, 2010
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