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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like Memento, it invites viewing over and over again."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Who allowed these performances, or maybe even encouraged them? Christopher Nolan, that's who. He was so intent on dolloping pizazz onto this story that he didn't notice the visual syrup was drowning a six-inch stack of toaster waffles."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Christopher Nolan's Insomnia adds 11 minutes to the Norwegian movie of the same name and manages to make everything that was fleeting and tantalizing in the original weighty, literal and dull."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"Christopher Nolan's follow-up to Memento is just as taut and ambiguous as its predecessor and -- arguably -- features better performances from its leading me"
‑ , Total Film
"Insomnia is not so much about the murder mystery as it is about Will's internal struggle with what's right and what's possibly okay."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"With a run-of-the-mill bad-guy actor playing chief suspect Walter Finch, the movie might have tipped too far Pacino's way. But Robin Williams is a shockingly effective counterweight."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Insomnia proves that Memento wasn't a fluke: Nolan is a major talent with many more good films ahead of him."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"A smart, intricately constructed thriller, the film has far more on its mind than just who done it."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"This skilfully directed psychodrama from Christopher Nolan proves that hit European movies can be remade successfully."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin."
‑ John Powers, L.A. Weekly
"Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Nolan uses Pacino the icon as much as Pacino the actor, and the latter turns in one of his best performances, almost vanity free."
‑ Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade
"Not as audacious as Memento, Christopher Nolan's first studio feature is nevertheless a confident and intelligent thriller that demonstrates a canny ability to fuse his own concerns with guilt, subjective experience and narrative to a mainstream package."
‑ , Film4
"Christopher Nolan, the promising writer-director behind Following and Memento, makes an elegant and assured transfer to big-budget, star-driven film-making with Insomnia."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
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