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Insomnia Reviews

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
In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.
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
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
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.
August 5, 2013
As Pacino endures day after day without a wink of sleep, Insomnia skillfully turns the screws, delving further into his troubled mind as it's haunted by past and present sins, as well as deceptive visions that seem to bleed out of his conscience.
August 5, 2013
The highlight is Pacino, who gives his best performance in years.
April 5, 2012
Despite its linear storyline, the film is very recognisably the work of the sharp, probing intelligence that gave us Following and Memento.
April 5, 2012
While it may not be as stylistically idiosyncratic as Memento Insomnia is a gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan.
July 20, 2002
It's a crafty story told with more style and gray areas than your average thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2002
Insomnia is not my kind of arsenic, but it's so well-made and enigmatic I liked it anyway.
May 28, 2002
The Hollywood version (which is half an hour longer) transports the action to Alaska, and works up a respectable level of bleary-eyed paranoia.
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.
May 24, 2002
A thriller whose style, structure and rhythms are so integrated with the story, you cannot separate them.
May 24, 2002
You see Robin Williams and psycho killer, and you think, hmmmmm. You see the movie and you think, zzzzzzzzz.
May 24, 2002
This remake gets all there is to get out of a peculiar premise with promise: Al Pacino loathing Robin Williams.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 24, 2002
Continually challenges perceptions of guilt and innocence, of good guys and bad, and asks us whether a noble end can justify evil means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 24, 2002
Pacino, his creased face looking like it's been aged in a smokehouse, is wonderfully bleary as the increasingly confused Dormer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2002
A haunting psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 24, 2002
Here's proof that it's still possible to make pop-oriented yet personal movies with an A-list cast and a zillion bucks.
May 24, 2002
With Insomnia, his third feature, Nolan, 32, has proven himself a precocious master of the thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 24, 2002
That rare instance where Hollywood improves upon a movie from foreign soil.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2002
A four-course gourmet alternative to summer popcorn flicks, serving up the meatiest performances Al Pacino and Robin Williams have given in many years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 24, 2002
Proves the 32-year-old Nolan is the real deal, a gifted storyteller who knows how to use style, mood and composition to illustrate his characters' inner lives along with their actions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 24, 2002
Seitz's script sticks closely to the original, but Nolan has had no trouble using a variety of skills to make the material his own.
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
May 24, 2002
It's gripping entertainment in a popular vein -- the police procedural -- that nevertheless follows no preconceived formulas.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 24, 2002
When all else is said and done, Insomnia runs on the pure adrenalin of Pacino's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 24, 2002
[Nolan] is a filmmaker in full control of mood, tone, and pacing, to whom actors as wildly different as Pacino and Williams can entrust their best instincts, rather than their showiest.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 24, 2002
Atmospheric and deeply attuned to nuance, Insomnia is a thinking ticket buyer's murder mystery.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 24, 2002
Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister know how to mix riveting action with psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2002
Nolan is a craftsman who joins the ranks of Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, Curtis Hanson, and M. Night Shyamalan as an individual voice working within the Hollywood system.
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
May 24, 2002
It's a psychological thriller with actual thrills and actual psychology.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2002
Intensely sharp-witted remake of the noir thriller Insomnia.
May 23, 2002
It proves that both Al Pacino and Robin Williams really can act without overacting. It also shows that director Christopher Nolan has a life after Memento.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 23, 2002
Nolan has proved that he's as adept with a straightforward and well-plotted thriller as he is with a idiosyncratic, ingenious one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2002
The acting alone is worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2002
Proves the best (read: most unsettling) of its type since The Pledge.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2002
A deftly entertaining film, smartly played and smartly directed.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 22, 2002
Insomnia is based on a 1997 Norwegian film, and though there are some key plot differences, the elements that made the original so memorable remain.
May 13, 2002
Allows us to hope that Nolan is poised to embark a major career as a commercial yet inventive filmmaker.
May 8, 2002
Thoughtful, gripping and steeped in action that defines character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4