Memento (2000)

A man is determined to find justice after the loss of a loved one, even though he is incapable of fully remembering the crime, in this offbeat thriller. Leonard (Guy Pearce) is a man who is struggling to put his life back together after the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 2000
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento's fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

The astonishing payoff takes the film to another level entirely, unleashing a battery of existential questions that shed new light on everything that precedes it.

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Gilbert Adair
Independent on Sunday

If the prospect of having to do some of the work yourself doesn't alarm you, then Nolan's first American film is well worth catching, a thriller which is for once authentically Borgesian, to use an overworked qualifier.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Writer-director Christopher Nolan's second film is one of the most original and ultimately confounding mind games to reach the screen since The Usual Suspects.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

You have to pay close attention to Memento, the most original thriller to come along in years -- and one of the best.

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Total Film

The three leads are excellent, but it's the masterful execution of an almost-too-clever-for-its-own-good concept which really makes this the most delicious kind of food for the mind.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The young British writer and director Christopher Nolan, who has every intention of putting us through the mill, doubles his fun by running the whole story backward.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

If nothing else, Memento is a savvy comment on the queasy uncertainties of the postmodern condition, in which history goes no further back than yesterday's news.

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Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

Pearce's central performance is as compelling as the film's premise and Nolan's execution of it. In Pearce's hands, Leonard is a time bomb with a short fuse.

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I need to watch this again.
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