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Insomnia Reviews

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March 17, 2016
...evocative imagery, a compelling story, and one of Pacino's best performances of the 21st century.
August 25, 2014
Like Memento, it invites viewing over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
August 25, 2014
In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
August 5, 2013
A smart, intricately constructed thriller, the film has far more on its mind than just who done it.
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.
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
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
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.
August 5, 2013
Part mystery, part moral dilemma, but all seductively intriguing.
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).
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.
August 5, 2013
A dark and fidgety picture from Christopher Nolan, who made such a splash with Memento.
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