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Memento Reviews

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
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
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
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
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
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I am neither upset nor disturbed by Memento , only vaguely dissatisfied. I simply don't buy Jonathan Nolan's thesis that audiences know all the tropes and tricks of crime thrillers backward and forward.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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There's grade A work from all concerned, especially Pearce, but in the end this is Nolan's film. And he delivers, with a vengeance.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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It's all pretty confusing, but then again, so were many of the classic film noirs.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

September 26, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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By the conclusion, your immediate reaction is to want to see the movie again to try to put the pieces together. Your second instinct is to give it a rest.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

October 30, 2001
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Christopher Nolan's extraordinary film is a brainteaser and a heartbreaker.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A

September 7, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie doesn't supply the usual payoff of a thriller (how can it?), but it's uncanny in evoking a state of mind.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Memento doesn't just draw you into a dramatic mystery, it makes you aware of human mystery. And that's food for thought and entertainment.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 12, 2001
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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Challenge all viewers and gives them plenty to ponder after the credits roll, the lights go out and they reach the parking lot.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 12, 2001
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Memento is a thriller for people who are sick of thrillers, a puzzle movie in which the puzzle is actually worth the time and effort to solve.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2001
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Nolan uses the structure simply as a gimmick to refresh a stale story of revenge, crime, sex, a film noir that never gets any darker than gris.

April 11, 2001
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Full of odd, hypnotic menace.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 9, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It will be an unadventurous or lazy filmgoer who doesn't want to play the movie's ingenious game.

April 6, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Destined to become a new noir classic.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

April 6, 2001
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Memento's boldest stroke is its ingenious synthesis of structure and theme.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

March 30, 2001
John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
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Memento becomes less a fascinating portrait of a damaged man than a typical revenge thriller. But it's still a very cool movie.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2001
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Bound to be talked about, debated and eviscerated far more than it's understood.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This terrifically satisfying film brings to mind '40s and '50s noir films in which the audience is as unsure about the protagonist's hold on reality as the protagonist is himself.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 30, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Wild, daring, smart and funny, Memento is this year's quirky film-festival hit that deserves to break out of the art houses and into mainstream consciousness.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

March 30, 2001
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Unique, tantalizing and ultimately brilliant.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

March 30, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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The most disorienting and trippiest data-retrieval caper in years.

March 30, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A terrifically compelling little mystery.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 16, 2001
David Edelstein
Slate
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In most mysteries, you're dying to know what happens next. In this one, you can hardly wait for the beginning.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 16, 2001
John Anderson
Newsday
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Pearce gives a first-rate performance and Memento likely will stay with you like a tattoo on your mind.

Full Review Source: Newsday

March 16, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Memento is like an existential crossword puzzle, or a pungent 50's B-thriller with a script by Jorge Luis Borges.

Full Review Source: New York Times

March 16, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Those who stay with it will experience perhaps the most dazzling film released so far this year.

Full Review Source: New York Post

March 16, 2001
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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You might suspect that it's told backwards because telling it forwards would tip us off much sooner that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 16, 2001
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Watching Memento is a unique experience: tense, irritating, and all-absorbing.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 15, 2001
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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With its capable cast, twisty plot, and gritty style, Memento is a real keepsake.

March 15, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Provocatively structured and thrillingly executed film noir, an intricate, inventive use of cinema's possibilities that pushes what can be done on screen in an unusual direction.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

March 15, 2001
Peter Brunette
Film.com
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Probably the most devilishly fascinating movie I've seen in months, if not years.

March 15, 2001
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A moody craftsman of dazzling vision and skill.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

March 15, 2001
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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When it comes to making a Top 10 list for 2001, one title I won't forget is Memento.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

March 15, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This jolting jigsaw puzzle of a movie grabs you and won't let go.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

February 22, 2001
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
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Deconstructs time and space with Einstein-caliber dexterity in the service of a delectably disturbing tale of revenge.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 7, 2001
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