Following (1999)

Following is a wickedly clever story of how a young man's obsession with following people leads him into a dark underworld. Bill, the unlikely hero, is a marginalized but intriguing Everyman who follows strangers at random on the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 3, 1999
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Super brief but efficient, Following represents director Christopher Nolan's burgeoning talent in tight filmmaking and hard-edge noir.

Dennis Harvey

Entertaining, but material doesn't develop the full, edgy potential that similar paranoid-triangle efforts realized.

Eric Melin

Besides the similarities in playing with time and structure, Nolan is already zeroed in on his favorite cinematic theme: obsession.

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Emanuel Levy

Before Memento, his breakthrough picture, Christopher Nolan made an impressive debut with the modest, short, but captivating film noir, Following.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Audiences will walk out of the theater shocked to find that only 70 minutes have gone by.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a harbinger of things to come, an exercise in the kind of temporal gymnastics, sleight-of-hand shifts in perspective, and rigorous insights into the dark depths of human nature that have defined Nolan's later films

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Louis-Jérôme Cloutier

Following est un exercice de style et d'ingéniosité qui nous rappelle [Memento] tout en ayant un cachet bien particulier.

Hugo Hernández Valdivia

Following shows the convenience and inconveniences of coexistence... [Full review in Spanish]

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Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

This clammy, noirish thriller time-hops with a vengeance.

David Nusair
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Unlike some other flicks that have had this sort of labyrinthine structure, Nolan's made sure that everything works...

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Christopher Nolan's first feature film, shot only on weekend when he and his crew had free time, is definitely an ambitious one to say the least. This very… More
Sanjay Rema
This, the debut of a great film director and writer, is a fantastic movie. I could not believe it was only 70 minutes. The narrative is amazing. The story seems… More
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