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Memento Reviews

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May 20, 2009
"Memento" is a crime-revenge story that relies on its one big gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 27, 2011
More a puzzle than a meaningful story, it reminds me of how Edmund Wilson compared reading a mystery to eagerly unpacking a box of excelsior, only to find a few rusty nails at the bottom.
August 10, 2002
...for all its formal wizardry, ultimately an ice-cold feat of intellectual gamesmanship. Once the novelty wears off, there's nothing left.
September 18, 2001
A con in the mode of Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects--the scam of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: short
June 10, 2002
Some have said that the film would work just as well beginning to end. I disagree.
May 9, 2002
Intriguing and accomplished as it was, Memento left me unpersuaded that this trip was really necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 15, 2001
Although it's being trumpeted for its undeniably ambitious narrative structure, Memento feels mostly like an audacious prank.
March 16, 2001
You might suspect that it's told backwards because telling it forwards would tip us off much sooner that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
March 30, 2001
It seems less than the sum of its time-slicing moves.
April 9, 2001
In forward progression, the narrative would garner little interest, thus making the reverse storytelling a filmmaker's conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 11, 2001
Nolan uses the structure simply as a gimmick to refresh a stale story of revenge, crime, sex, a film noir that never gets any darker than gris.
April 27, 2007
I am neither upset nor disturbed by Memento , only vaguely dissatisfied. I simply don't buy Jonathan Nolan's thesis that audiences know all the tropes and tricks of crime thrillers backward and forward.
March 26, 2014
This is the kind of movie that gas-bag instructors use to illustrate the concept that one man's reality is another's fiction. But it's puny stuff compared to Kurosawa's Rashomon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 27, 2017
If the prospect of having to do some of the work yourself doesn't alarm you, then Nolan's first American film is well worth catching, a thriller which is for once authentically Borgesian, to use an overworked qualifier.
March 26, 2014
The mystery requires a lot of concentration, but the stunning final scene is ample reward. Not just an indulgence, the ingenious structure makes the point that memory, although unreliable, is what we depend upon for our sense of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2011
Innovative movie with a mature premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 13, 2002
If Pulp Fiction represents the birth of post-modern filmmaking, Memento marks its adolescent spurt.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 4/4
April 13, 2001
The movie doesn't supply the usual payoff of a thriller (how can it?), but it's uncanny in evoking a state of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2001
When it comes to making a Top 10 list for 2001, one title I won't forget is Memento.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 26, 2014
If nothing else, Memento is a savvy comment on the queasy uncertainties of the postmodern condition, in which history goes no further back than yesterday's news.
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