Inception

2010

Inception

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Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.

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Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can't get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything, he's forced to embark on one final mission in a desperate quest for redemption. This time, Cobb won't be harvesting an idea, but sowing one. Should he and his team of specialists succeed, they will have discovered a new frontier in the art of psychic espionage. They've planned everything to perfection, and they have all the tools to get the job done. Their mission is complicated, however, by the sudden appearance of a malevolent foe that seems to know exactly what they're up to, and precisely how to stop them. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Inception

All Critics (352) | Top Critics (65) | Fresh (305) | Rotten (47)

  • Overall, the film is one of a kind, a masterpiece and a work of art so to speak. The superior musical score that accompanies the film heightens the suspense and adds to the mystery sequences.

    January 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Nolan masterfully weaves all these elements together, creating a second act that is breathtaking, suspenseful and thought-provoking...unfortunately, it takes us a good hour for us to get there.

    October 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Lose yourself in Chris Nolan's dream-world. You may never want to wake up.

    September 17, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A smart summer thriller filled with visionary set pieces, grand imagery and exciting twists, but its lack of an emotional center keeps it just short of greatness.

    June 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A mind-bending thriller that is a complete original, cementing Nolan's status as one of this generation's brightest filmmakers.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Imagine watching a bank heist in someone's brain, with layers upon layers upon layers (repeat) of deep meaning, suspense, action, mystery and ohmyf*ckinggod-what-the-HELL-is-happening moments, and you can imagine what it's like to watch Inception.

    March 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Inception

  • Sep 29, 2016
    Mind-blowing, amazing, smart, thrilling. That's all.
    Marin ? Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    A truly rare, intelligent summer blockbuster packed with ideas and concepts to keep the audience contemplating long after the credits.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2016
    When you have such a great writer/director as Christopher Nolan making his own thing, you can only expect to be mindblown. And I was, but not in the good way. I was blown away by how inconsistant the story felt to me and how boring the characters in the movie turned out to be. I don't doubt the idea behind it and I understand why many people will like this movie, however, it's not a movie that I would ever put my money on. It's a movie that lacks intensity and the many different story aspects are so badly put together that's it's almost like you'd rather watch "The Room." I truly believe that Nolan is much better at doing movies where we has a lot of source material to go out from. That's where this man truly shines.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    Inception succeeds on multiple levels thanks to it's brilliant script, wonderful direction and outstanding effects - all of which come together to create a unique, surreal experience unseen in mainstream blockbuster entertainment.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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