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Inception Reviews

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Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times
December 28, 2010
The problem with Inception -- and it's a biggie -- is that despite all the clever concepts, the dream worlds just don't ever feel like dreams; they feel like, well, a slightly trippy Roland Emmerich movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 15, 2010
One way to salvage some fun with this blunderbuss would be to fall asleep while watching and dream up a better movie yourself. Try it. You'll avoid a headache.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
July 15, 2010
Meanwhile, explanations are offered, buildings collapse on themselves, DiCaprio frets moodily, henchmen fall over and that white van keeps falling off that bridge ... It's all very beautiful, and mostly very empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 21, 2010
Conceptually alluring but laborious and visionless
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
July 15, 2010
Without a substantial story to support the whole, the piece is as weightless as the 'Zzzzzz team' itself, floating through the multiple levels of dreams within dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
July 13, 2010
It is not that I don't understand (well, pretty much, anyway) or appreciate the intense ambition of Christopher Nolan's trip into the world of dreams. But why did a movie designed to blow your mind, leave mine, while originally tickled, ultimately unmoved
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
July 15, 2010
Wrapped up in the logistics of various dreamscapes and the technical details of dream sharing and inception, the picture all but abandons its most essential thread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
July 16, 2010
Inception is a nightmare for audiences looking for coherent fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 14, 2010
Inception is Instruction Manual Cinema, a film that spends so much time explaining the rules of its narrative conceit that it fails to either emotionally engage or, except in a few notable spots, viscerally thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
November 3, 2010
The reality isn't quite as enthralling as one would hope.
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.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
July 16, 2010
Inception is so slow and so confusing that you may actually fall asleep. Or wish you were really dreaming and could wake up and dream another movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
July 15, 2010
(S)tories should show, not tell, and Nolan keeps telling us that he can't tell this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
July 16, 2010
A what's on your mind invasive sci-fi noir specializing in homo sapien interior decorating, that operates at a level way beyond viewer comprehension. Though this messing with your head nap time thriller boasts intermittent mind bending imagery.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 13, 2010
It's obvious that Nolan either can't articulate or doesn't believe in a distinction between living feelings and dreams -- and his barren Inception doesn't capture much of either.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 17, 2010
Only someone who never saw (or appreciated) Dark City would be able to call it visionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 16, 2010
Mixes arcane talk about dreams with traditional action sequences resulting in strange and ineffective hybrid.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 11, 2012
Ambitious, sure, but ultimately too far-fetched for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
Elise Nakhnikian
House Next Door
April 22, 2011
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