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Insomnia Reviews

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Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 24, 2002
You see Robin Williams and psycho killer, and you think, hmmmmm. You see the movie and you think, zzzzzzzzz.
Brian Orndorf
May 25, 2002
| Original Score: 3/10
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
Christopher Null
May 23, 2002
Pacino slips in and out of a Southern accent so badly it seems like a joke he's pulling on us... Robin Williams plays Mork on heroin.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
May 25, 2002
Insomnia certainly won't put you to sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
May 24, 2002
Without the benefit of a clever narrative device, Christopher Nolan's left with his merely adequate skill as a filmmaker to breathe life into a generic police procedural.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
May 24, 2002
The Hollywood remake feels oddly castrated when compared to the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
June 5, 2002
I was ready to check out about halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
May 27, 2002
Nolan has not made a poor movie... but he has made a poor remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin A. Ranson
June 14, 2002
It's paced well, filmed well, and acted well, and it looks like everyone managed to pick up their paychecks well, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
May 23, 2002
meanders between its powerful moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 23, 2002
There's nothing provocative about this film save for the ways in which it studiously avoids provoking thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 24, 2002
Given all the resources in the world, Nolan, a director-for-hire here, responds by stretching his legs rather than his imagination.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 26, 2002
The best thing about Insomnia is that despite director Christopher Nolan's soft spot for moody-blues obfuscation, he has the good sense to keep his star in practically every shot.
Top Critic
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).
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.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
May 24, 2002
A superior version of an already very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
June 3, 2002
Summer Movie Season? Oscar Season!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 24, 2002
Unlike most remakes, the Nolan Insomnia is not a pale retread, but a re-examination of the material, like a new production of a good play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
May 24, 2002
Insomnia does not become one of those rare remakes to eclipse the original, but it doesn't disgrace it, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Hindustan Times
December 23, 2002

The Straits Times (Singapore)
December 23, 2002
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