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Inception (2010)

Country: USA, UK

Genres: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Taglines: The dream is real.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, ...

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

100 | Pete Hammond

In terms of sheer originality, ambition and achievement, Inception is the movie of the summer, the movie of the year and the movie of our dreams.
Read More: Boxoffice Magazine

100 | Justin Chang

If Inception is a metaphysical puzzle, it's also a metaphorical one: It's hard not to draw connections between Cobb's dream-weaving and Nolan's filmmaking -- an activity devoted to constructing a simulacrum of reality, intended to seduce us, mess with our heads and leave a lasting impression. Mission accomplished.
Read More: Variety

100 | Nev Pierce

With physics-defying, thunderous action, heart-wringing emotion and an astonishing performance from DiCaprio, Nolan delivers another true original: welcome to an undiscovered country.
Read More: Empire

100 | Lou Lumenick

Nolan blurs the distinction between dreams and reality so artfully that Inception may well be a masterpiece masquerading as a summer blockbuster.
Read More: New York Post

100 | Bill Goodykoontz

The visuals are stunning, perhaps the most fully realized of any film.
Read More: Arizona Republic

100 | Roger Ebert

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.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

100 | Richard Corliss

Inception is precisely the kind of brainy, ambitious, grand-scale adventure Hollywood should be making more of.
Read More: Time

100 | Elizabeth Weitzman

When was the last time you had your mind blown by a movie? Because when Inception ends and the lights come up, you'll be sitting in your seat, staring at the screen, wondering what the hell just happened.
Read More: New York Daily News

100 | Kenneth Turan

A tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller that's as disturbing as it sounds. This is a popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

100 | Amy Biancolli

This is spellbinding, transporting, damn near indescribable and the latest indication that Christopher Nolan might be the slyest narrative tactician making movies today.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

100 | Shawn Levy

This is a deeply felt work of art in the form of a big, brassy movie-movie.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

91 | Scott Tobias

The film is an imposing, prismatic achievement, and strongly resistant to an insta-reaction; when it’s over, Nolan still seems a few steps ahead of us.
Read More: The A.V. Club

90 | Kirk Honeycutt

In a summer of remakes, reboots and sequels comes Inception, easily the most original movie idea in ages.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

88 | Peter Travers

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. How cool is that?
Read More: Rolling Stone

88 | Rene Rodriguez

Here, finally, is something you've really never seen before.
Read More: Miami Herald

88 | 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.
Read More: USA Today

88 | Ann Hornaday

Inception is that rare film that can be enjoyed on superficial and progressively deeper levels, a feat that uncannily mimics the mind-bending journey its protagonist takes.
Read More: Washington Post

88 | James Berardinelli

The versatile actor brings the full weight of his talent to bear on a difficult role. DiCaprio has to hint at unpleasant secrets in Cobb's past while forging a bond with the audience. It's up to the performer to make Inception more about human beings than about special effects. He succeeds and that's one reason why this movie isn't only about challenging ideas and eye candy.
Read More: ReelViews

88 | Lawrence Toppman

Nolan’s tale is not only a trip through mental labyrinths but a reminder that memories may cripple us, unless we learn to let them go.
Read More: Charlotte Observer

88 | Mike Scott

What Nolan has created with Inception is the rare movie that is bound to improve with repeated viewings, both as a means to drink in its brilliance one more time, and to see what sly clues might have flown under your radar the first time around.
Read More: New Orleans Times-Picayune

88 | Staff (Not credited)

Inception is one of the best sci-fi movies of the new century, a mind-bender about dreams as public spaces.
Read More: Premiere

83 | 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.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

83 | Steve Persall

A sensory and intellectual overload from start to finish, a brawny, brainy summer movie that may infuriate as many viewers as it enraptures.
Read More: Tampa Bay Times

80 | Joshua Rothkopf

Inception, though, is no "Avatar"--instead, it’s the movie that many wanted "Avatar" to be. In a roaringly fast first hour, we’re introduced to a new technology that allows for the bodily invasion of another person’s dreamworld.
Read More: Time Out New York

78 | Kimberley Jones

Nolan’s end-act pacing has always felt ponderous – but it’s not enough to ruin what is surely the most intellectually and viscerally engaging action film in years. The soul doesn’t stir, no, but everything else is wildly somersaulting.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

75 | Roger Moore

Inception is an elegant, portentous ride, though I’m not sure Nolan is any closer to visualizing the real (dream) deal than Hitchcock was.
Read More: Orlando Sentinel

75 | Wesley Morris

One of the best things about Nolan as a director is that he’s not self-conscious. His movies unfold and fold in on themselves without the strain of labor or flash. But that lack of self-consciousness is also Nolan’s downside.
Read More: Boston Globe

75 | Michael Phillips

The film is Nolan's labyrinth all the way, and it's gratifying to experience a summer movie with large visual ambitions and with nothing more or less on its mind than (as Shakespeare said) a dream that hath no bottom.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

75 | Peter Rainer

For movie buffs, the only real fun to be had at Inception could be toting up the lifts from other movies, including Cocteau’s “Blood of a Poet” and “The Matrix” series and just about anything by Kubrick.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

75 | Rick Groen

You can’t feel for anyone when nothing feels real. Memo to Christopher Nolan for future outings: Kill the dream, tell a story.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

70 | Dana Stevens

At the end of Inception, I hadn't lived through the grueling emotional journey Nolan seemed to think I had, but I'd seen a bunch of cool images and admired some technically ambitious feats of filmmaking.
Read More: Slate

63 | Steven Rea

Stymied by a clunking script, crammed with expository exchanges and urgent blather.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

63 | Joe Williams

Christopher Nolan's "Memento" was a movie-lover's dream come true, a puzzle that was engaging both intellectually and emotionally. But his Inception is a wake-up call, a blaring reminder that cheap tricks can't compensate for personal investment.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

60 | A.O. Scott

Though there is a lot to see in Inception, there is nothing that counts as genuine vision. Mr. Nolan’s idea of the mind is too literal, too logical, too rule-bound to allow the full measure of madness -- the risk of real confusion, of delirium, of ineffable ambiguity -- that this subject requires.
Read More: The New York Times

50 | J.R. Jones

Inception delivers dazzling special effects and a boatload of stars, but it sags and eventually buckles under the weight of its complicated premise.
Read More: Chicago Reader

50 | David Denby

Inception, is an astonishment, an engineering feat, and, finally, a folly.
Read More: The New Yorker

50 | 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.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

40 | David Edelstein

Inception manages to be clunky and confusing on four separate levels of reality.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

40 | Andrew O'Hehir

For the most part "Inception" is a handsome, clever and grindingly self-serious boy-movie, shorn of imagination, libido, spirituality or emotional depth. Nolan establishes a fascinating world, loaded with trapdoors, symbols and hidden secrets, and then squanders the opportunity on an overpriced "Twilight Zone" episode.
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30 | Nick Pinkerton

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.
Read More: Village Voice

30 | Stephanie Zacharek

Everything he (Nolan) does is forced and overthought, and Inception, far from being his ticket into hall-of-fame greatness, is a very expensive-looking, elephantine film whose myriad so-called complexities -- of both the emotional and intellectual sort -- add up to a kind of ADD tedium.
Read More: Movieline

25 | Rex Reed

I'd like to tell you just how bad Inception really is, but since it is barely even remotely lucid, no sane description is possible.
Read More: New York Observer