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Memento Reviews

March 26, 2014
I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.
March 26, 2014
Writer-director Christopher Nolan's second film is one of the most original and ultimately confounding mind games to reach the screen since The Usual Suspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 26, 2014
The young British writer and director Christopher Nolan, who has every intention of putting us through the mill, doubles his fun by running the whole story backward.
March 26, 2014
The astonishing payoff takes the film to another level entirely, unleashing a battery of existential questions that shed new light on everything that precedes it.
March 26, 2014
You have to pay close attention to Memento, the most original thriller to come along in years -- and one of the best.
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.
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.
February 17, 2011
Memento is one of those jigsaw puzzles whose pieces snap together more tightly with each viewing. Fueling it all is a performance by Guy Pearce that's as indelible as the tattoo ink covering his body.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
February 9, 2006
There's grade A work from all concerned, especially Pearce, but in the end this is Nolan's film. And he delivers, with a vengeance.
September 26, 2002
It's all pretty confusing, but then again, so were many of the classic film noirs.
March 22, 2002
By the conclusion, your immediate reaction is to want to see the movie again to try to put the pieces together. Your second instinct is to give it a rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 30, 2001
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September 7, 2001
Christopher Nolan's extraordinary film is a brainteaser and a heartbreaker.
Read More | Original Score: A
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
April 12, 2001
Memento doesn't just draw you into a dramatic mystery, it makes you aware of human mystery. And that's food for thought and entertainment.
April 12, 2001
Challenge all viewers and gives them plenty to ponder after the credits roll, the lights go out and they reach the parking lot.
April 12, 2001
Memento is a thriller for people who are sick of thrillers, a puzzle movie in which the puzzle is actually worth the time and effort to solve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 9, 2001
Full of odd, hypnotic menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 6, 2001
It will be an unadventurous or lazy filmgoer who doesn't want to play the movie's ingenious game.
April 6, 2001
Destined to become a new noir classic.
March 30, 2001
Memento's boldest stroke is its ingenious synthesis of structure and theme.
March 30, 2001
Memento becomes less a fascinating portrait of a damaged man than a typical revenge thriller. But it's still a very cool movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 30, 2001
Bound to be talked about, debated and eviscerated far more than it's understood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 30, 2001
This terrifically satisfying film brings to mind '40s and '50s noir films in which the audience is as unsure about the protagonist's hold on reality as the protagonist is himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 30, 2001
Wild, daring, smart and funny, Memento is this year's quirky film-festival hit that deserves to break out of the art houses and into mainstream consciousness.
March 30, 2001
Unique, tantalizing and ultimately brilliant.
March 30, 2001
The most disorienting and trippiest data-retrieval caper in years.
March 16, 2001
A terrifically compelling little mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2001
In most mysteries, you're dying to know what happens next. In this one, you can hardly wait for the beginning.
March 16, 2001
Pearce gives a first-rate performance and Memento likely will stay with you like a tattoo on your mind.
March 16, 2001
Memento is like an existential crossword puzzle, or a pungent 50's B-thriller with a script by Jorge Luis Borges.
March 16, 2001
Those who stay with it will experience perhaps the most dazzling film released so far this year.
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 15, 2001
Watching Memento is a unique experience: tense, irritating, and all-absorbing.
March 15, 2001
With its capable cast, twisty plot, and gritty style, Memento is a real keepsake.
March 15, 2001
Provocatively structured and thrillingly executed film noir, an intricate, inventive use of cinema's possibilities that pushes what can be done on screen in an unusual direction.
March 15, 2001
Probably the most devilishly fascinating movie I've seen in months, if not years.
March 15, 2001
A moody craftsman of dazzling vision and skill.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
February 22, 2001
This jolting jigsaw puzzle of a movie grabs you and won't let go.
February 7, 2001
Deconstructs time and space with Einstein-caliber dexterity in the service of a delectably disturbing tale of revenge.