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Inception Review

Movies.com Critics

4.0

Dave White Profile

Head games. Read full review

4.5

Jen Yamato Profile

A mind-blowing must-see. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    74

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    By convoluting the various planes of experience, by overlapping and obscuring ostensible realities and ostensible dreams, Mr. Nolan deprives us the opportunity of investing emotionally in any of it.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As engrossing and logic-resistant as the state of dreaming it seeks to replicate, Christopher Nolan's audacious new creation demands further study to fully absorb the multiple, simultaneous stories Nolan finagles into one narrative experience.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The film is easier to admire than to fully grasp or be moved by it. Still, it's worth surrendering to the dream.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    In a summer of remakes, reboots and sequels comes Inception, easily the most original movie idea in ages.

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  • See all Inception reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Intense, complex, brilliant sci-fi thriller is OK for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this complex, original science-fiction fantasy movie from the director of The Dark Knight has lots of action and violence -- including guns, blood, fighting, car crashes, etc. -- as well as some slightly scary imagery. But it's very light on language, sexy stuff, and drinking, so teen fans of star Leonardo DiCaprio should be able to handle it. It's not an easy story to explain, but it's very easy to follow; parents and teens will likely want to talk at length about the story and may even find themselves wanting to go back for a second helping.

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. How did it affect you? Was it thrilling? Did the fact that it takes place in a dream give it more or less impact?
  • Was the movie scary? If so, what made it scary?
  • Why is it important to dream? What do your dreams tell you? Is it right to plant an idea in a person's head, even if that idea makes the person happy?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Amid the intense scenes and images, the movie offers positive examples of teamwork and helping others. A subplot involving death and grieving also promotes acceptance and moving on. A more ambiguous message is sent by the main story, in which the characters try to plant an idea in someone's head against his will -- but manage to bring him a kind of peace in the process.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main character acts for personal reasons -- to earn the ability to return home to his kids -- and has a job that's slightly on the shady side. But when he's at work, his team shows excellent teamwork, as well as selflessness when it comes to their teammates' well being.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Though most of the movie's violence takes place in dreams and is therefore not "real," it includes guns and shooting, gunshot wounds with blood, fistfights, rioting, explosions, car chases, and car crashes. Characters scream in pain when shot or stabbed. In the movie, being "killed" or committing suicide can "wake" you out of the dream. One character is shot in the head, another is stabbed, and another plunges off a building to her death.

  • sex false1

    Sex: The main character pines for his dead wife, whom he still sees in his dreams. They share some intimate emotional moments, but there's no kissing, nudity, or sex. Two other characters share a brief kiss.

  • language false2

    Language: A few uses of exclamations like "goddamn it" and "Jesus Christ," as well as "hell," "ass," and "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adult characters drink wine, beer, and champagne, but no one overindulges.

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