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Driven by Pacino's performance, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.



Total Count: 201


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A sleep-deprived detective is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse by the primary suspect, events escalate and the detective finds his own stability dangerously threatened.

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Al Pacino
as Det. Will Dormer
Robin Williams
as Walter Finch
Hilary Swank
as Det. Ellie Burr
Maura Tierney
as Rachel Clement
Martin Donovan
as Hap Eckhart
Nicky Katt
as Fred Duggar
Paul Dooley
as Chief Charles Nyback
Jonathan Jackson
as Randy Stetz
Katharine Isabelle
as Tanya Francke
Larry Holden
as Farrell
Jay Brazeau
as Francis
James Hutson
as Officer No. 1
Andrew Campbell
as Officer No. 2
Crystal Lowe
as Kay Connell
Paula Shaw
as Coroner
Tasha Simms
as Mrs. Connell
Ken Kirzinger
as Stunt Coordinator
Emily Perkins
as Girl At Funeral
Kerry Sandomirsky
as Trish Eckhart
Chris Gauthier
as Uniformed Officer
Ian Tracey
as Warfield
Kate Robbins
as Woman On The Road
Emily Jane Perkins
as Girl at Funeral
Dean Wray
as Ticket Taker
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Critic Reviews for Insomnia

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (185) | Rotten (16)

  • 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.

    Aug 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.

    Aug 25, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 5, 2013 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 5, 2013 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • 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).

    Aug 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Insomnia

  • Dec 12, 2018
    One of Robin William's best roles, he brings such a presence to his character. Christopher Nolan gives us some fantastic and beautiful views, it seems as though he settles for other just okay shots though. My favorite thing about this movie is the score, such an emotional tone that really contributes to the success of the story telling.
    Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2016
    Christopher Nolan's 2002 film "Insomnia" is a remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. It generally has the same plot as the original, but Nolan improves the original by adding a little twist here and there to great effect. Nolan also adds more depth to the story that really makes this a unique remake and a quintessentially Christopher Nolan film. Al Pacino and Robin Williams give absolutely wonderful performances.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    A very different film from Christopher Nolan than we're use to, however a very awesome film at that. Insomnia brings in great performances especially that of Al Pacino and the late Robin Williams. Perfect choice of location which highlights how Al Pacino's character is feeling and the overall tone of the film. I was riveted by beginning to end and I would highly recommend to check out Insomnia, as it is a very well made film. Two Thumbs up!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2015
    Every Nolan film is deserving of repeat viewing and this movie is no exception to that
    Kameron W Super Reviewer

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