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Old July 15 2010, 06:17 AM   #1
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Inception (Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio) Grading & Discussion

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one's mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.

The good reviews:

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times wrote:
One of the most intoxicating, challenging and beautiful movies of the 21st century, deserving of multiple Oscar nominations.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone wrote:
In this wildly ingenious chess game, grandmaster Nolan plants ideas in our heads that disturb and dazzle. The result is a knockout. But be warned: Inception dreams big.
Justin Chang, Variety wrote:
If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood's most inventive dreamers, given the evidence of his commandingly clever Inception.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times wrote:
The movies often seem to come from the recycling bin these days: Sequels, remakes, franchises. "Inception" does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does.
The bad reviews:

David Edelstein, New York Magazine wrote:
I wanted to surrender to this dream; I didnít want to be out in the cold, alone. But I truly have no idea what so many people are raving about.
Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice wrote:
It's obvious that Nolan either can't articulate or doesn't believe in a distinction between living feelings and dreams -- and his barren Inception doesn't capture much of either.
Rex Reed, New York Observer wrote:
None of this prattling drivel adds up to one iota of cogent or convincing logic. You never know who anyone is, what their goals are, who they work for or what they're doing.
Nick Schager, Slant Magazine wrote:
Inception is Instruction Manual Cinema, a film that spends so much time explaining the rules of its narrative conceit that it fails to either emotionally engage or, except in a few notable spots, viscerally thrill.
And finally, since Armond White doesn't like it, that probably means it's one of the best films of the year:

Like Grand Theft Auto's quasi-cinematic extension of noir and action-flick plots, Inception manipulates the digital audienceís delectation for relentless subterfuge.
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