100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
This is spellbinding, transporting, damn near indescribable and the latest indication that Christopher Nolan might be the slyest narrative tactician making movies today.
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100

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
When was the last time you had your mind blown by a movie? Because when Inception ends and the lights come up, you'll be sitting in your seat, staring at the screen, wondering what the hell just happened.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In a summer of remakes, reboots and sequels comes Inception, easily the most original movie idea in ages.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In this wildly ingen­ious chess game, grandmaster Nolan plants ideas in our heads that disturb and dazzle. The result is a knockout. But be warned: Inception dreams big. How cool is that?
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film is easier to admire than to fully grasp or be moved by it. Still, it's worth surrendering to the dream.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As engrossing and logic-resistant as the state of dreaming it seeks to replicate, Christopher Nolan's audacious new creation demands further study to fully absorb the multiple, simultaneous stories Nolan finagles into one narrative experience.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
One of the best things about Nolan as a director is that he’s not self-conscious. His movies unfold and fold in on themselves without the strain of labor or flash. But that lack of self-consciousness is also Nolan’s downside.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Stymied by a clunking script, crammed with expository exchanges and urgent blather.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
By convoluting the various planes of experience, by overlapping and obscuring ostensible realities and ostensible dreams, Mr. Nolan deprives us the opportunity of investing emotionally in any of it.
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30

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Everything he (Nolan) does is forced and overthought, and Inception, far from being his ticket into hall-of-fame greatness, is a very expensive-looking, elephantine film whose myriad so-called complexities -- of both the emotional and intellectual sort -- add up to a kind of ADD tedium.
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74 out of 100
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