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Insomnia Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
March 17, 2016
...evocative imagery, a compelling story, and one of Pacino's best performances of the 21st century.
January 2, 2016
Memento proved director Christopher Nolan could work wonders with an original idea and a decent gimmick. Now Insomnia shows he can be just as compelling when he's reworking more conventional material.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 25, 2014
Like Memento, it invites viewing over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 25, 2014
Insomnia is not so much about the murder mystery as it is about Will's internal struggle with what's right and what's possibly okay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
August 25, 2014
Who allowed these performances, or maybe even encouraged them? Christopher Nolan, that's who. He was so intent on dolloping pizazz onto this story that he didn't notice the visual syrup was drowning a six-inch stack of toaster waffles.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
August 25, 2014
In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
August 25, 2014
Insomnia proves that Memento wasn't a fluke: Nolan is a major talent with many more good films ahead of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
August 25, 2014
Nolan uses Pacino the icon as much as Pacino the actor, and the latter turns in one of his best performances, almost vanity free.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 5, 2013
The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it.
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August 5, 2013
With a run-of-the-mill bad-guy actor playing chief suspect Walter Finch, the movie might have tipped too far Pacino's way. But Robin Williams is a shockingly effective counterweight.
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
August 5, 2013
Christopher Nolan's Insomnia adds 11 minutes to the Norwegian movie of the same name and manages to make everything that was fleeting and tantalizing in the original weighty, literal and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
August 5, 2013
Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 5, 2013
A smart, intricately constructed thriller, the film has far more on its mind than just who done it.

Film4
August 5, 2013
Not as audacious as Memento, Christopher Nolan's first studio feature is nevertheless a confident and intelligent thriller that demonstrates a canny ability to fuse his own concerns with guilt, subjective experience and narrative to a mainstream package.

Total Film
August 5, 2013
Christopher Nolan's follow-up to Memento is just as taut and ambiguous as its predecessor and -- arguably -- features better performances from its leading me
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 5, 2013
This skilfully directed psychodrama from Christopher Nolan proves that hit European movies can be remade successfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
August 5, 2013
Christopher Nolan, the promising writer-director behind Following and Memento, makes an elegant and assured transfer to big-budget, star-driven film-making with Insomnia.
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 5, 2013
Part mystery, part moral dilemma, but all seductively intriguing.
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2013
Nolan uses visual pyrotechnics to pump up the tension and add to Pacino's sense of disorientation, but the feeling he evokes isn't as forlorn, creepy, or ambiguous as in the original (though the mountain wilderness is just as forbidding).
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 5, 2013
This one is nowhere near as original -- it's a flawed remake of a fine first feature from Norway -- but Insomnia still stands on its own as a thriller with brains and scenic beauty.
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