Insomnia (2002)

A sleep-deprived detective is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse by the primary suspect, events escalate and the detective finds his own stability… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 24, 2002
DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Driven by Pacino's performance, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Like Memento, it invites viewing over and over again.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Sean Axmaker

...evocative imagery, a compelling story, and one of Pacino's best performances of the 21st century.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

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.

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David Edelstein

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.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

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.

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John Powers
L.A. Weekly

In the world of Christopher Nolan, memory is still as treacherous as nitroglycerin.

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David Ansen

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.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Insomnia proves that Memento wasn't a fluke: Nolan is a major talent with many more good films ahead of him.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Alvarez
Good thriller that keeps you guessing from the start. I still can't get over Robin Williams as a bad guy; the fact that he took on a villainous role as… More
Jameson Worley
Not Nolan's best, but still a really good crime thriller. Really good cast and great locations.
Bruce Bruce
Can't remember if I saw this in the movies when it first came out or if I watched it at home and forgot to write it up. But after watching a second time… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
i've seen a billion movies about the haunted detective chasing the mysterious killer who you either think did it and later find out didn't or find out… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A mix of Silence of the Lambs and Memento, Insomnia is a bleak yet excellent thriller with great performances from Pacino and Williams. The formation and… More
Matt Goodman
Expected more from you, Nolan. His least magnificent film lacks the memorable punch that he adds to his other films.