Tenet

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A visually dazzling puzzle for film lovers to unlock, Tenet serves up all the cerebral spectacle audiences expect from a Christopher Nolan production.

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A secret agent embarks on a dangerous, time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III.

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Critic Reviews for Tenet

All Critics (326) | Top Critics (62) | Fresh (228) | Rotten (98)

  • [Christopher Nolan] is very clever, but mostly irritating is what I find. [His movies] are not cerebral - they're fake cerebral... He doesn't even do the time travel right.

    December 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I am a big fan of [Christopher Nolan's] films -- I usually enjoy the time puzzle of it -- but this seems even more intentionally inaccessible and challenging than everything else... Confusing, distancing, and chilly.

    December 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Tenet" is indeed impressive, although I gave up trying to follow the plot.

    December 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Tenet" is difficult to understand, but even worse, it inspires little desire to understand it.

    December 17, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The auteur doesn't show much growth in his most recent self-indulgent work.

    September 18, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It is easy to sit back and revel in the wonder of the big-screen experience, and to immediately want to see the film again. And again.

    September 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tenet

  • Jan 12, 2021
    When it comes to Christopher Nolan's work, I know I won't be disappointed and will happily watch it multiple times. Tenet lived up to expectations as an audacious sci-fi cerebral "heaven". The script - sharp and intelligent; the direction - excellent as always; the cast - so so good; the camerawork and cinematography - beautifully spectacular; and last but not least, the score by Ludwig Goransson - sublime. Simply brilliant. I'd wish I had paid more attention during physics class but then again, it's not too late to read up on inversion and entropy! I had fun. If you're looking for a thinking film where you can bring your brain into the cinema and be suitably entertained in wonder, this is the one. Enjoy.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2021
    Nolan is often bordering on self parody here. It doesn't help that several of the "twists" are fairly obvious well before they are revealed while the endless exposition grows more and more tiresome as the movie trudges on.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2021
    With sharp writing, excellent performances, spectacular cinematography, and an intelligent plot, Tenet may require multiple viewings to fully appreciate, but even on the first viewing it's a thrilling ride - reminiscent of Nolan's earlier masterpieces Inception and Memento (and even of cult classic Donnie Darko). It may not always be a comfortable watch (viewers have rightly noted the overpowering sound and music), but it's the most fearless, thought-out, and ambitious cinematic experience this year (we wouldn't except anything less from Nolan).
    Matthew S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2020
    Memento is a masterwork. Interstellar is an unsung majesty but, unfortunately, fans of Christopher Nolan couldn't wrap their heads around the latter and voiced a vehement backlash when Tenet is actually the film that deserves such scorn. Nolan has gone and done it this time by making a film so monumentally stupid that it's laughable. If the laws of physics provide, then this film would invert itself back up his own orifice. What an absolute load of drivel. Not even good drivel. This is embarrassing for all involved. It'd be very easy to elaborate but I won't. The film doesn't deserve it. It's an incomprehensible disaster!
    Mark W Super Reviewer

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