Oppenheimer

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Oppenheimer marks another engrossing achievement from Christopher Nolan that benefits from Murphy's tour-de-force performance and stunning visuals.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    That the director turned this most devastating of stories into a riveting pop culture phenomenon without ceding one inch on its tragic dimensions is surely an achievement for the ages.
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    Sergio Burstein Los Angeles Times
    What he [Nolan] has put before our eyes definitively deserves to be seen, as does Cillian Murphy's performance in the role of Oppenheimer and the irreconcilable but fantastic Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Lewis Strauss. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Kimber MyersCrooked Marquee
    This is a complex look at a complicated man, but Oppenheimer unequivocally establishes that this is a story worth telling -- and that Nolan was the perfect filmmaker to do it.
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    Keith PhippsThe Reveal (Substack)
    Every scene feels like a cataclysm waiting to happen, fitting for a film that builds, step-by-step, to the creation of a cataclysm machine. Oppenheimer both summons awe for what it took to build the bomb and for the changes it wrought.
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    Adam Mullins-KhatibChicago Reader
    Christopher Nolan’s newest film is jarring and memorable, an ode to creation and consequence.
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    Adam NaymanThe Ringer
    After spending a decade-plus confined to the Iron Man suit and the Marvel playground, the man behind Lewis Strauss reminded everyone what he's capable of: a nervy performance full of pettiness, desperation, and force.
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    Chris McCoyMemphis Flyer
    Oppenhiemer is a return to form for Nolan after the fiasco of Tenet. There's a great movie hiding amidst all of the formal pyrotechnics. But I guess it's too much to ask for a lighter touch from a director who is about as subtle as an atomic bomb.
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    Shadan LarkiInSession Film
    Oppenheimer is ultimately a cautionary tale about ego, politics, and power, a true, modern epic.
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    Wesley LovellCinema Sight
    As increasing tensions with Russia rise once again, it seems fitting that "Oppenheimer" sets forth the events that led to those initial tensions in aftermath of World War II.
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    Matt NealABC Radio (Australia)
    It's the bomb.
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