100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
One of the most original and ultimately confounding mind games to reach the screen since "The Usual Suspects."
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100

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Pearce, who's in every scene except the Sammy flashbacks, dominates the picture through his feral performance.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Memento, which may be the ultimate existential thriller, has a spooky repetitive urgency that takes on the clarity of a dream.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Operates in an orbit somewhere between Oliver Sacks and Lewis Carroll. I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Like the best filmmakers at Sundance 2001, Nolan leaps into the wild blue and dares us to leap with him. Go for it.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Terrifically satisfying film.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
A puzzle movie in which the puzzle is actually worth the time and effort to solve.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Has the unanticipated craft and artfully ambiguous appeal of last year's "Croupier," a movie whose art-house word-of-mouth success could be duplicated here.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The most disorienting and trippiest data-retrieval caper in years.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Bound to be talked about, debated and eviscerated far more than it's understood.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.