Inception review round-up

The first reviews are in for Christopher Nolan's Inception: is this the intelligent summer blockbuster we've been waiting for?

There are strict embargoes in place in certain parts of the world that are holding back reviews of Christopher Nolan’s incoming Inception. But over in the States, said embargoes seem to have been relaxed, and the first reviews have been coming through for Nolan’s sci-fi thriller. And not to beat about the bush: they’re generally ecstatic (with only one exception that we can find).

Our own review will be live in the next day or two. But ahead of that, here’s what people are saying about a summer blockbuster this year that actually seems to deliver the goods. Lots of goods…


Inception is an exhilarating cinematic experience that suggests there is still room, even in the blockbuster world, for big ideas and dangerous emotions, and that may be the single most thrilling thing about it.”

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Film School Rejects

“I will say this now, without reservation and fully confident that many will agree; Inception is easily the best big budget film of the year thus far. I’ll go further and say that it’s one of the most beautiful, well written, and fully realized high dollar films of the last five years. Inception, is close to perfection.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Following up on such ingenious and intriguing films as The Dark Knight and Memento, Nolan has outdone himself. Inception puts him not only at the top of the heap of sci-fi all-stars, but it also should put this Warner Bros. release near or at the top of the summer movies. It’s very hard to see how a film that plays so winningly to so many demographics would not be a worldwide hit.”

Coming Soon

“In a great many ways, Inception is an exceptional film. It boasts a larger than life cast, a virtually unrestricted budget and a director at the top of his game both commercially and artistically. Action scenes feature mountain ski chases, zero-gravity fights and flawless special effect dreamscapes. So how is it that “Inception” comes together as such a bore?”

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I loved Inception. I loved seeing the world Nolan created. I loved visiting the locales and spending time with the characters. I loved every moment of the waking dream, every frame of the celluloid reality. Cinema is dreaming, and Nolan understands this implicitly and completely.


Inception is nothing short of a stunning, spectacular, visionary achievement.

Inception is released on 16th July. We can’t wait.