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Following

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Super brief but efficient, Following represents director Christopher Nolan's burgeoning talent in tight filmmaking and hard-edge noir.

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Lacking prospects, a writer (Jeremy Theobald) begins tailing strangers, until he encounters a voyeuristic thief (Alex Haw).

Cast & Crew

Lucy Russell
The Blonde
John Nolan
The Policeman
Peter Broderick
Executive Producer
David Julyan
Original Music
Christopher Nolan
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Gareth Heal
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Critic Reviews for Following

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (6)

  • Entertaining, but material doesn't develop the full, edgy potential that similar paranoid-triangle efforts realized.

    March 26, 2009

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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    June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
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  • Audiences will walk out of the theater shocked to find that only 70 minutes have gone by.

    June 25, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The exchanges are frequently witty, marked by rapid cuts, and always fuel the story, which is told in director Nolan's signature style: out of order.

    September 13, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Inessential, to be sure, but as an early example of... a fascinating early turn by a heady director first getting his metaphysical feet wet.

    September 11, 2020 | Rating: 5.7/10 | Full Review…
  • The lurid atmosphere of Nolan's early black & white films - his unsettling, hand-held voyeurism - lends itself perfectly to a young body of work which viewers enter through a specific POV, only to have the rug pulled out from under them.

    August 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Following

  • Jan 31, 2017
    One of the most captivating indie films I've ever seen - especially impressive for a film shot on just a £3,000 budget.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Following is not a bad noir film. While not quite amateur, it is a novice effort -- both imaginative and naive. The plot is a bit too clever, but it is an interesting (and short) film. Recommended more to fans of black-and-white noir than to Christopher Nolan fans.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2015
    I know that this film has been really well-received in retrospect because it's a Chris Nolan film, but I just didn't like it. And I love most of Nolan's movies. Nothing really happened the whole time until the ending, and that was really stupid. The neo-noir style is cool, but like I said, this film in general just didn't appeal to me.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2014
    Unconventional but strangely engaging, Following may not be Christopher Nolan's most refined film, but it's surely one of his most unique.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer

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