“One Word: MASTERPIECE!!!!! FILM OF 2010!!!!”
“A Dream Within A Dream!”
“You Mustn't Be Afraid To Dream A Little Bigger Darling.”
“"Don't You Want To Take A Leap Of Faith? Or Become An Old Man, Filled With Regret, Waiting To Die Alone!"”
“One Of The All Time Greatest Movies, So Worth Watching :D”
“I Think I'll Skip The Top Ten List And Go Straight To My Favorite Film, Inception!”
“#2 Inception, The Best Christopher Nolan Directed Film!”
“Best Movie I Have Evr Seen”
“Is Reality A Dream Within A Dream? Not A Bad Nolan Flick!”
“The Dream Is Real....The World Is Not.”
“"THE DUMBEST FUCKING MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN"”
“"One Of The Best Movie Every Made"--Ronald”
“A Review Dedicated To Theories And Explanation. Check It Out, And Then Give Your Theory On The Masterpiece Of A Film!”
“This Is A Fantastic Film, Everyone Should See This Movie...”
“Dreams Feal Real While Were In Them.its Only When We Wake Up That We Realize Was Something Was Actually Strange”
“Like Much Of The Best Art And Design, 'Inception' Appears Ingeniously Simple On The Surface But Is Supported By Gorgeous Complication Beneath. This, My Friends, Is How You Follow 'The Dark Knight.'”
“Simply Breathtaking. This Is A Masterpiece To Be Remembered And Immortalized”
“WARNING: INCEPTION IS TOO AMAZING TO WATCH!”
“Best Movie Ever Made !”
“Inception Is My All Time Favorite Movie & Will Be Inspiration For Making Movies In The Future.”
“Best Movie I've Seen In A While!”
“One Of The Best Movies Of All Time!!!! Nolan's Imortal Masterpice”
“Chris Nolan's Masterpiece”
“Christopher Nolan Your My Hero”
“Argueably The Greatest Movie Ive Seen, And Ive Seen A Lot Of Movies.”
“This Movie Blew My Mind!”
“I Was Afraid To Go To Sleep After Watching This!”
“~ Mind & Crime - A Part Of Concept ~”
“INCEPTION IS A GREAT ORIGINAL FILM BUT IS WAY TO LONG!”
“Your Mind Is A Scene Of Crime !”
“Inception, Interception, Contraception, Exception, Perception, There's A Lot Of Words With Ception At The End Of Them”
“Another Multi-layered And Astounding Creation From Christopher Nolan”
“Inception Is The Reason Moviebuffs Exist”
“WORDS CAN NOT DESCRIBE HOW GREAT "INCEPTION" IS!!”
“It Blew My Mind!”
“Inception Is Absolute Mind Blower. Nolan Invents A Classic.”
“Your Mind Is The Scene Of The Crime”
“What's The Most Resilient Parasite? An Idea. A Single Idea From The Human Mind Can Build Cities. An Idea Can Transform The World And Rewrite All The Rules. Which Is Why I Have To Steal It.”
“Inception" Is An Engrossing And Enthralling Thriller. This Is The Kind Of Film That Requires Multiple Viewings, Not Just Because It Creates An Entire Dream World But Because It Offers Deeper Exploration Into The Mind, A Place Only Nolan Can Take You.”
“"The Batman 3-Move Over-Enter INCEPTION"”
“Best Movie Of The Summer!”
“Nolan Isn't Afraid To Remind Us That We "mustn't Be Afraid To Dream A Little Bigger."”
“A Great Film That Changes Cinema In A Different And Unique Way.”
“A Modern-day Masterpiece Crafted By Nolan's Hands That Leaves The Audience Amazed”
“In The Golden Age Of The Crappy, Hollywood Remake, Christopher Nolan's Inception Is A Refreshing Breath Of Air, A Film That Is Both Original And Innovative, Sticking Out Among The Rest”
“Dark Knight Was Amazing And A Classic For The Ages, Inception Has One Upped It!”
“An Amazing Movie”
“2010 Summer Movie Season Is Saved!”
“Great Movie But Not Original”
“'INCEPTION' WILL BLOW Y O U R MIND”
“What Is The Most Resilient Parasite? An Idea.”
“If Christopher Nolan Wants To Plant An Idea In My Mind, He Will Have Trouble From The Fact That My Mind Was Blown By Inception!”
“Christopher Nolan's Masterpiece.”
“Christopher Nolan's Dream Saves The Summer”
“This Movie DEFINES The Term "Mind Bending"!!!”
“Christopher Nolan Shines Again”
“... It's Nonetheless An Ambitious Effort That Remains A Consistently Compelling Jolt Of Action All The Way Up To Its Vague Climax...”
“Its Smart, Thrilling, And One Hell Of A Challenge For All Us Movie-buffs. There Is Nothing Quite Like It!”
“Yeah, Another 5 Star Review”
“From A Mind In Deletion, To A Mind That's Restless, To A Mind Gone Mad, And Now To Its Innermost Secrets.”
“THIS IS THE BEST EPIC MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!”
“Inception? Yeah, My Brain Just About Exploded.”
“"I Specialize In A Very Specific Type Of Security . . . Subconscious Security."”
“Inception Is The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of.”
“Inception Is One Of The Most Provocative Films I Have Ever Seen , DiCaprio Gives A Stunning Performance , But At Times This Movie Can Be To Complex To Handle , And Drags At Times & Be Confusing , But Beside That This Movie Is A Masterpiece”
“Inception Is An Amazing Movie, And A True Cinema Experience.”
“Inception Will Definitely Leave You With An Idea In Your Mind Of How A Movie Should Be Made”
“If Those Last Three Seconds Didnt Exist, This May Have Been The Best Film Of The Summer......but Those Final Moments Do Exist.........a Spoiler Filled Review Of Inception”
“A Must See Visually Stunning, Thoroughly Entertaining Mind Bending Film”
“Very Seldom Do We See Our Dreams Come To Fruition, Nolan's Inception Dreams Big”
“The Most Powerful Movie You Will Ever See.”
“Nolan Does It Again, Inception Is Amazing!”
“INCEPTION MOVIE HERALDS 528 CODE FOR MUSICAL TRANSCENDENCE”
“A Treasure Found In An Otherwise Dumpster Full Of Summer Trash.”
“Too Much Of A Good Thing.”
“The Dark What? Nolan Outdoes Himself With INCEPTION!”
“Dreams Feel Real While We're In Them. It's Only When We Wake Up That We Realize Something Was Actually Strange.”
“I Stand Corrected This Is The Movie Of The Summer”
“If My Mind Is The Scene Of The Crime, That Must Be One Messy Scene . . . Christopher Nolan's Inception Just Blew My Mind!”
“AN AMAZING MOVIE EXPERIENCE!”
“In Nolan I Believe”
“A Work Of Art”
“This Infinitely Inventive Thrill-Ride Will Keep Audiences Talking LONG After It Is Over.”
“There's Nothing Quite Like It. It's Pure Creation.”
“"Inception", A Film Like No Other.”
“A Master Stroke From A Director In His Prime. Inception Is Leagues Above Any Live Action Film Released In 2010.”
“Great Effects And Production Design But Where's The Story?”
“THE DREAM IS REAL....WHEN YOUR MIND IS THE SCENE OF THE CRIME......J.A.OTTLEY RETURNS WITH AN EXCLUSIVE FROM THE INCEPTION WORLD PRIMERE”
A master stroke from a director in his prime. Inception is leagues above any live action film released in 2010.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. DiCaprio exercises impressive control in portraying a man on the verge of losing his grip, but Mr. Nolan has not, in the end, given Cobb a rich enough inner life to sustain the performance.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It is that rarest of beasts: a slippery, cerebral summer blockbuster that slaloms from illusion to reality and back again and leaves its viewer bewitched, bothered and bewildered.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
With Inception, writer/director Christopher Nolan not only cements his status as Hollywood's most innovative filmmaker, he has created a daring genre: the surrealist heist thriller. Or, maybe he has developed the dream invasion action epic.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Inception is that rare film that can be enjoyed on superficial and progressively deeper levels, a feat that uncannily mimics the mind-bending journey its protagonist takes.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
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.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
It's obvious that Nolan either can't articulate or doesn't believe in a distinction between living feelings and dreams -- and his barren Inception doesn't capture much of either.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
The ambition on display is so huge, and the filmmaking so intelligent, you'll emerge feeling as if you've just watched an entire season of the greatest sci-fi series never made.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
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.
John Anderson - Wall Street Journal
It's only the latest indication that Christopher Nolan might be the slyest narrative tactician making movies today.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
I found myself admiring the movie's stubborn adherence to its own universe and logic.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Inception is a boldly constructed wonder with plenty of -- as one character describes it -- "paradoxical architecture."
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
t has all of Nolan's strengths, and some of his weaknesses, and it is undeniably his. It is a $160 million action film about loss and regret, and it is exciting in part because of its flaws.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
I wanted to surrender to this dream; I didn't want to be out in the cold, alone. But I truly have no idea what so many people are raving about.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
An astonishment, an engineering feat, and, finally, a folly.
David Denby - New Yorker
It's said that Christopher Nolan spent ten years writing his screenplay for Inception. That must have involved prodigious concentration, like playing blindfold chess while walking a tight-wire.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's gratifying to experience a summer movie with large visual ambitions and with nothing more or less on its mind than (as Shakespeare said) a dream that hath no bottom.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Inception delivers dazzling special effects and a boatload of stars, but it sags and eventually buckles under the weight of its complicated premise.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
The dream logic of Inception -- which deals, like Nolan's far more intriguing Memento, with the architecture of memory and the nature of reality -- is stymied by a clunking script, crammed with expository exchanges and urgent blather.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Nolan's film is surely the most ambitious psychological thriller ever, and yet also the most personal. His baroque imagination makes most directors' efforts look like beach-pail sand castles alongside Mad King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
With its James Bond-on-acid action scenes and puzzle-within-a-maze-within-a-puzzle mind games, Inception is certainly the most daring and original blockbuster of the year, as well as a visual tour de force. If it only had a heart.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Inception is either a great, mind-bending movie or one big swindle. Let's go with the former.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
None of this prattling drivel adds up to one iota of cogent or convincing logic. You never know who anyone is, what their goals are, who they work for or what they're doing.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood's most inventive dreamers, given the evidence of his commandingly clever Inception.
Justin Chang - Variety
A sublime brain-twister of a movie that plays out so intricately on so many levels simultaneously that a bathroom break comes at your own peril.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Inception is an elegant, portentous ride, though I'm not sure Nolan is any closer to visualizing the real (dream) deal than Hitchcock was.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
At first, Inception left me cold, feeling as if I'd just eavesdropped on somebody's bad acid trip. Now I find I can't get the film out of my mind, which is really the whole point of it, isn't it?
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It's an affecting movie; quite a piece of art in a world of also-rans and marketing plans.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Nolan is a thinker, all right, a very busy explorer of mind functions, but capable merely of diagrams when it comes to the heart and soul.
Todd McCarthy - indieWIRE
Nobody can deny that Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is a thinking man's blockbuster.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Beyond a taut suspense thriller, Inception is also a moving love story.
Anne Thompson - indieWIRE
'Inception': Chris Nolan's Brilliant Crackpot of a Movie
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
Pretty good, not bad, but brilliant it surely ain't.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Inception may have been directed by Christopher Nolan, but Nolan's dreams are apparently directed by Michael Bay.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
At the end of Inception, I hadn't lived through the grueling emotional journey Nolan seemed to think I had, but I'd seen a bunch of cool images and admired some technically ambitious feats of filmmaking.
Dana Stevens - Slate
All it asks of viewers is that they do something rare: engage the intellect.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A devilishly complicated, fiendishly enjoyable sci-fi voyage across a dreamscape that is thoroughly compelling.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
One of the year's best films, one that will surely get even better upon repeated viewings.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The idea of moviegoing as communal dreaming is a century old. With Inception, viewers have a chance to see that notion get a state-of-the-art update. Take that chance: dream along with Christopher Nolan.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
One of the most intoxicating, challenging and beautiful movies of the 21st century, deserving of multiple Oscar nominations.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A smart and inventive thriller, "Inception" is one of the year's best movies.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Nolan has cemented himself among the great filmmakers of our time, not only with this film, but with most of his other works as well.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Despite its two- and a half-hour length, it flies by and just like a great dream you don't want to wake up from, even after the end credits start, you'll desperately crave five more minutes.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Ambitious, sure, but ultimately too far-fetched for its own good.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The technical virtuosity pouring from every frame is astounding.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
It's intentionally, thrillingly, disorienting.
Dave White - Movies.com
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Taken at theatrical value, director/writer Christopher Nolan's tale of purposeful memory-travel is a fun and exciting trip into the creative subconscious.
S. James Wegg - JWR
A film trying feverishly to spin your head whilst feverishly trying to explain how it's spinning it.
Gareth Simms - Platform
It is the film by which to measure the density of all others.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
What is the point of having an imagination, I ask you, if the only thing that can be imagined is mayhem, perpetrated without regard for even the appearance of human life?
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
A brain-twister to be sure. But the fact that the plot demands attention only adds to the exhilaration. This is a story about dreams that requires the audience to stay awake.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
It's a bold, stunning feature of impossible technical virtuosity. It also has the tendency to be about as emotionally stimulating as a college lecture.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
This is architecture as cinema, on every level: Narrative, conceptual, symbolic, visual...
Sean Axmaker - Parallax View
Christopher Nolan has created a Lynchian fantasy set in the mind that is devastating in its originality and innovation...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
...there's no denying those special effects. They are spectacular and creative in the extreme.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The reality isn't quite as enthralling as one would hope.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
The action set pieces are deliriously spectacular; one involving a gravity-impaired Gordon-Levitt in an ever-rotating hallway is wondrous to behold.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A trippy, complex, thrill-driven action-adventure that demands (and rewards) repeat viewings.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Un thriller inteligente aunque algo menos complejo de lo que aparenta, que cae en varios excesos narrativos y visuales. Probablemente la pelicula mas ambiciosa de Nolan hasta la fecha.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
See it more than once, you'll see something different every time.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
I'm somewhat disappointed that Nolan didn't make a different movie, I heartily enjoyed the one he did make.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Nuevamente Nolan nos sorprende con un ejercicio inteligente y vibrante, con un DiCaprio maduro y un cast perfecto. La cinta del ano para Hollywood.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Nolan gledateljima prua zabavu za osjetila i intelekt na način koji se čini iznad mogućnosti najvećeg broja njegovih kolega
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Conceptually alluring but laborious and visionless
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
A classic-in-waiting that will keep you guessing and thinking while you pick your jaw up off the floor.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Nolan's script keeps the parallel narrative threads concise, and through gorgeous cinematography by Wally Pfister and sharp editing by Lee Smith.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Is the movie over-thought? Sometimes, yes. But challenging material is rarely as satisfying as in this blockbuster from one of the dream factory's most gifted artisans.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
A marvelous, highly enjoyable film that continues Nolan's climb toward the very top of the list of the best filmmakers working today.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Intelligent and imaginative Inception is eye bending and mind bending in equal measures.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
It's too easy to see not only that Mal is trouble, but also that Dom will walk right into that trouble she is.
Michael Abernethy - PopMatters
Uma ficcao cientifica que faz jus aos melhores do genero, apresentando-nos a conceitos intrigantes e dedicando-se, entao, a explora-los ate suas consequencias mais extremas.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Inception, which has been talked up to crazy heights and showcases the best, as well as the most problematic, aspects of Nolan's directorial chops.
Gabe Leibowitz - eCinemaCenter.com
If you think "Lost" was complicated, let's just say it's kitten chow when compared to this.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Inception made my brain hurt. And it hurt in the most wonderful way.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Especially recommended for diehard film lovers, this cinematic archaeological dig will interest anyone fascinated by one of filmdom's great might-have-beens.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Must-see? Absolutely. But let's not get carried away. Primer was every bit as challenging but populated with characters who seemed real and spoke like human beings.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
Brain, meet spasm. Inception is the cleverest, most original use of a Blockbuster budget we've seen in years. Shame some of the characters are a bit underdeveloped.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
Christopher Nolan proves himself as both a man of action and ideas, as he delves into the male psyche and enriches the soul in Inception.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Visually stunning Inception trips on its own cleverness, sacrificing character development in the pursuit of ingenuity. One can forgive its hubris and give it credit for being a thinking man's action movie.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Nolan has spun an elegantly cerebral story that is primal, compelling, and as visually disconcerting as it is completely captivating
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
This is a long film with a lot of fiery explosions, intelligent ideas, sputtering machine guns, and violent car crashes.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The best, most believable entry to date in an inherently imaginative genre. Excellent cast.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
An at-times dizzying Mobius strip of a sci-fi thriller, it's both a tremendously challenging and tremendously rewarding movie, the type that will have audiences talking -- and debating -- long after the credits roll.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Inception may be the most intelligent action film you will ever see.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Nolan repousse les limites de son cinema pour nous offrir - une fois de plus - son oeuvre la plus dense et stimulante a ce jour.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
The film has a dark, sad emotional puzzle at its core, and the suspense of this held me as much as the planning of the ultimate caper. DiCaprio and Cotillard between them resonate grief.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
A giant win for audiences and the degree to which filmmakers can respect their intelligence.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz
Inception a dynamic, moving mind-bender.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
This metaphysical 'Mission: Imposible' is motivated by a challenge as great as that facing its heroes: It's Nolan's attempt to crack the Great Film vault. Mission accomplished? Yes -- and more crucially -- no.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
And [Nolan] said, "let there be originality", and there was originality. He called it Inception and audiences and critics alike saw that it was good.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
It is irritating for an hour, being so gloomily lit that you need fog lights, then it opens up into a marvellously inventive, somewhat silly but enjoyable heist movie, with a good cast doing things I doubt even they could explain.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
One of those films, like Blade Runner or 2001 A Space Odyssey, that will repay many viewings in order to grasp all the intricate details of these multi-layered trips into the dreams and nightmares of the central characters.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
It's just streets ahead of anything I've seen in a long time.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Even its flaws are brilliant -- and without its flaws and a few evidences of self-mocking humor, I'm not sure I'd like it nearly as well as I do.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Nolan clearly has great fun with the action stuff - zero gravity fights in a hotel corridor, an assault on an artic fortress and a car chase through a dreamed city are all cracking - and it all looks as spectacular as you'd hope.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]
Nolan is having the time of his life in his own personal playground and, for all its heavy technical and narrative machinery, Inception remains one of his lightest films.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
[Nolan] has planted the idea that his film is the most brilliant, original and smart film in years. And everyone thinks they realized this on their own.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
For all of its capacity to bewilder and befuddle, Inception still must be endorsed purely on the strength of its ambition, and the awesome heights to which it sometimes soars.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
The film's promise is watered down in the execution by a sense of it being a novelty, a plaything for Nolan to bamboozle his audience with his clever mind trick
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Inception is a diverting gambit, but you might want to check your watch a few times to see when the dreams are going to be over.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
I thought this film was going to be a real brain-twister like "Memento" or "The Prestige," but "Inception" is not all that complicated, which is helpful, given all those special game-type rules you have to keep track of.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A scintillating exploration of dreams, reality and the fine line that divides them, Inception toys with our minds on a massive scale, sending us on a dizzying trip which makes all our preconceptions spin relentlessly
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Indeed, Hollywood's obsession with 3D has extended to the storytelling process, and with Inception, it also reminds us that story and characterization still rule in the land of a thousand digital vistas.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
Cinematically, this is a keeper, a fireworks grand finale that goes on flashing and booming for two hours and twenty-eight minutes. But, oh, for some genuine heart.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Once in the dreamspace, Nolan's command of multi-layered storytelling is nothing short of astounding.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Nolan borrows from classic heist and caper movies to design the clockwork tension but this particular clock is more like Dali's dripping watch.
Brian Holcomb - Kinetofilm
the balance of philosophical ideas and narrative tension are more than enough to keep the film not just engaging, but utterly riveting for its entire duration
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A well-constructed, narratively audacious blockbuster released at a time when such things are in depressingly short supply.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
A patently-preposterous, endlessly-elliptical mindbender that's worth the investment just to be able to say you sat through it, even if you can't follow all of its meandering machinations. It's that hip!
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
Inception is the exception to a boring summer!
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
It's heartening to see that the quirky sensibility Nolan brought to 'Memento' has never left him.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
It's bold. It's exciting. It makes you think. It engages. It impresses. It frustrates. And it does it all a helluva lot better than Shutter Island.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
The first masterpiece of 2010. A perfect blend of performance, story, music and effects.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
A dream within a dream.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This is the kind of film studios need to green light more often... all orchestrated by the crafting hand of a director who knows what he wants and makes it happen.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Just like a spinning top, you keep hoping Christopher Nolan's movie will last a little bit longer.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Preposterous, but so ingeniously done that it's an entertaining ride.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Despite the fact that some details of the labyrinthine plot are simply too obscure to comprehend on a first viewing, Nolan sells the emotion -- and the consequences -- visually.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Cinema is rarely this engaging on so many levels.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
I suspect even repeat viewings won't be enough to nail this one down: Like 2001, it's both knotty enough and ambiguous enough to lead to conflicting opinions. Besides, our dreams are open to different interpretations, so why not some of our films as well?
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
...one of the strongest science-fiction concepts to come along in some time...
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
This is not only the best movie ever made about dreams, it is also one of the best films of 2010, and certainly one of the most entertaining pictures I've seen in a decade.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
What it is (an action-heavy heist movie with several mind-blowing setpieces) is an entirely pleasant substitute for what it isn't (a psychologically complex investigation into dream logic).
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The ending will leave you debating in that glass half-full, half-empty kind of way. Let's just say, it's a movie that needs to be seen more than once.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
It is a fascinating visual feast, The Matrix with heart and soul, a rollercoaster ride into layers of the subconscious mind that challenges our ability to keep up.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Only someone who never saw (or appreciated) Dark City would be able to call it visionary.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
The complexity of the plot works to make the film a must see, but it also ends up frustrating the audience because it all can't be figured out on the first viewing
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It wins points for trying to convey difficult, ambitious themes, and even more points for actually succeeding.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
Like his protagonist, Nolan excels as an implanter of subversive ideas. This time, alas, he didn't dig quite deep enough for them to take root.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Who are we to complain when a filmmaker lets his thoughts get the better of him, especially when most summer blockbusters aren't thinking at all.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
By turns overpowering, spectacular and truly awe-inspiring. Nolan has just taken it to the next level.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
Nolan has basically done the impossible. He's taken $200 million and, instead of coming up with a highly generic product, he's made a real movie.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
This is a movie people will go see and then argue about and then, very likely, go see again. It is instantly the must-see film of the summer.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Inception is elegantly realised. DiCaprio powerfully embodies a tortured soul while Gordon-Levitt has all the fun in the best action sequence.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Nolan, like Cobb, is an assiduous extractor, and he knows how to wow audiences. But scaling big and thinking big are not the same thing. And dark, just because it's dark, isn't more artistic than light.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Inception is an intense, complex story, but it's always coherent, imaginative, and entertaining.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media