5 stars out of 5 -- "A bold, inventive, audacious entertainment, INCEPTION charts a new course for motion pictures and sets the bar very, very high."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (07/05/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The visuals, shot by the gifted Wally Pfister on locations from the steaming heat of Morocco to the snow-capped Alps, are astounding....A knockout."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (07/08/2010)
"[T]he vast cryptogram of INCEPTION has a core of real emotion....The film is an imposing, prismatic achievement..." -- Grade: A-
A.V. Club - Scott Tobias (07/14/2010)
4 stars out of 4 -- "The movie is all about process, about fighting our way through enveloping sheets of reality and dream, reality within dreams, dreams without reality. It's a breathtaking juggling act..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (07/14/2010)
"[E]asily the most original movie in ages....Credit cinematographer Wally Pfister with so neatly blending the real and surreal without any hokey moments."
Hollywood Reporter - Kirk Honeycutt (07/05/2010)
"It's a rollicking explosion of images as hypnotizing and sharply angled as any in a drawing by M.C. Escher or a state-of-the-biz videogame..." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (07/23/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] tremendously exciting science-fiction thriller....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."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (07/16/2010)
"DiCaprio is terrific as the guilt-ridden Dom....Nolan has fashioned a story rich in off-kilter grandeur."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (07/17/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "INCEPTION is one of the best sci-fi movies of the new century, a mind-better about dreams as public spaces."
Premiere - Premiere Staff (07/16/2010)
"[V]isually arresting....You see some things that are pretty amazing, and amazingly pretty..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (07/15/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "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."
Washington Post (07/15/2010)
"Nolan orchestrates the multiple action strands with tremendous dexterity....It all looks as spectacular as you'd hope."
Uncut - Michael Bonner (07/16/2010)
"[T]here are impressive Escher-like impossible staircases, startling uses of slo-mo and weightlessness and a neat address of the way dreams have no establishing shots or transitional scenes..."
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (09/01/2010)
Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "[B]rilliantly realized by writer/director Christopher Nolan."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/31/2010)
5 stars out of 5 -- "INCEPTION is an extraordinary movie...It's an original, impossibly imaginative arthouse psycho-thriller..."
Total Film - Jonathan Crocker (01/01/2011)
Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2010" -- "[A] visionary milestone that gets better and digs deeper each time you see it."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/24/2010)
Included in Roger Ebert's "The Best Films of 2010" -- "It's a breathtaking juggling act by writer-director Christopher Nolan..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/16/2010)