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Inception Reviews

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Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 20, 2015
Inception isn't a dud but nor is it a masterpiece. It's like a very ambitious, overlong potboiler: visually beautiful, ingenious in parts and dragging in others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Serba
July 20, 2015
It's an exceptional effort, so dense, it practically demands a second viewing to suss out whether the film is just a bunch of high-concept psychobabbled hooey or a profound sci-fi excursion into the human psyche. I'm banking on the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
July 20, 2015
The only thing for sure is that this Inception was nothing but a stratagem, a cheap trick, if you will. Leading me to wonder: Where are the Dream Police when you need 'em?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
July 20, 2015
Inception is a grown-up thriller ride through the dreamscapes of the mind, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. The movie is a sign that Hollywood retains some intellectual oomph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 20, 2015
DiCaprio manages to put that fever(ed) dream behind him to tap a well of melancholy yearning that keeps Inception anchored.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 20, 2015
The real cause of wonder, though, is why Nolan should have embraced technocratic complexity in the service of such a puny story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dustin Hucks
Film School Rejects
July 20, 2015
It's one of the most beautiful, well written, and fully realized high dollar films of the last five years. Inception, is close to perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online
July 20, 2015
Inception is as wildly visionary as it is smart. If only all "big" movies could be this haunting. We can dream, can't we?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
July 20, 2015
If it's the dreamer whose subconscious fills in the details, as the film claims, why the absence of silliness, sex, horror and general abandon?
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
July 20, 2015
This is tremendous, full-throttle filmmaking.
| Original Score: 5/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide
July 20, 2015
Directors have been trying to replicate the world of dreams since the beginning of cinema... With his ingeniously inventive psychological thriller Inception, Christopher Nolan stakes his claim on this ambitious cinematic territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
July 20, 2015
The result is something almost as thrilling to contemplate as it is to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
July 20, 2015
Inception is as exhilarating as any movie we'll see this summer -- and twice as exhausting.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
July 20, 2015
I'm looking forward to seeing Inception again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
July 20, 2015
Don't be surprised if your brain hurts. In a good kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rafer Guzman
July 20, 2015
A heist film of thrilling, almost delirious complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Caryn James
July 20, 2015
Even as you tick off the film's overload of references, though -- a Matrix here, a James Bond there -- the amazing effects and Cobb's quest carry you along.
Chris Knight
National Post
July 20, 2015
Inception is a complicated film, but it follows its own logic so seriously and insidiously that we are completely drawn into its point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Saba
Paste Magazine
July 20, 2015
Mercifully, Inception is short on "is-this-a-dream-or-is-this-reality" pseudo-philosophizing, allowing the near-Kubrickian visual stimuli to drive the exposition and action. And it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
John Hazelton
Screen International
July 20, 2015
In its final hour, Inception becomes more conventional and less imaginative. The rules of the dreamworld still frame the action, but they provide fewer surprises, for the team or the audience.
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