Memento
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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 brutal rape and murder of his wife. But Leonard's problems are different from those of most people in his situation; he was beaten severely by the same man who killed his wife. The most significant manifestation of Leonard's injuries is that his short-term memory has been destroyed; he is incapable of retaining any new information, and must resort… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"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."
‑ , Total Film
"The mystery requires a lot of concentration, but the stunning final scene is ample reward. Not just an indulgence, the ingenious structure makes the point that memory, although unreliable, is what we depend upon for our sense of reality."
‑ David McGillivray, Radio Times
"Occasionally the film trips over its own complexity, but it's tense, devious and evokes Leonard's disorientation quite brilliantly. Operation of heavy machinery after watching is a definite no-no."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"You have to pay close attention to Memento, the most original thriller to come along in years -- and one of the best."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"This is the kind of movie that gas-bag instructors use to illustrate the concept that one man's reality is another's fiction. But it's puny stuff compared to Kurosawa's Rashomon."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"A brilliantly told mindbender, a perfect example of how the right approach to storytelling can elevate a film"
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"This terrific movie, about one man's quest for vengeance, does everything a thriller is supposed to do: intrigue, involve and keep you guessing."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"treats the audience with respect without being overly pretentious"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Nolan built a better mousetrap of a neo-noir, using the tricky gimmick of a complex, purposefully disorienting narrative. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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