Inception Reviews

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February 7, 2018
This endlessly fascinating swirl of a film could have come only from Nolan, who blends the cerebral twistiness of Memento (his thriller that moves backward in time) with the spectacular action of his Batman megahit, The Dark Knight.
July 20, 2015
A spectacular fantasy thriller based on Nolan's own original screenplay, Inception is the smartest CGI head-trip since The Matrix.
July 20, 2015
It's just grade-A filmmaking.
July 20, 2015
Invention runs lower once we're on those snowy slopes, and the hard narrative punch keeps disintegrating into a floating cloud of pixels. But what a display they make.
July 20, 2015
Inception is the kind of information-packed movie that creates the painful/pleasurable sensation that there's no time to think.
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.
July 20, 2015
A heist film of thrilling, almost delirious complexity.
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.
August 8, 2010
Intelligent and imaginative Inception is eye bending and mind bending in equal measures.
July 21, 2010
Nolan is having the time of his life in his own personal playground and, for all its heavy technical and narrative machinery, Inception remains one of his lightest films.
July 21, 2010
It is irritating for an hour, being so gloomily lit that you need fog lights, then it opens up into a marvellously inventive, somewhat silly but enjoyable heist movie, with a good cast doing things I doubt even they could explain.
July 19, 2010
An astonishment, an engineering feat, and, finally, a folly.
July 16, 2010
It's only the latest indication that Christopher Nolan might be the slyest narrative tactician making movies today.
July 16, 2010
Pretty good, not bad, but brilliant it surely ain't.
July 16, 2010
Inception is a boldly constructed wonder with plenty of -- as one character describes it -- "paradoxical architecture."
July 16, 2010
I found myself admiring the movie's stubborn adherence to its own universe and logic.
July 16, 2010
Nolan, like Cobb, is an assiduous extractor, and he knows how to wow audiences. But scaling big and thinking big are not the same thing. And dark, just because it's dark, isn't more artistic than light.
July 16, 2010
Like his protagonist, Nolan excels as an implanter of subversive ideas. This time, alas, he didn't dig quite deep enough for them to take root.
July 16, 2010
By turns overpowering, spectacular and truly awe-inspiring. Nolan has just taken it to the next level.
July 16, 2010
Inception is that rare film that can be enjoyed on superficial and progressively deeper levels, a feat that uncannily mimics the mind-bending journey its protagonist takes.
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