Tenet

critic Reviews

, 70% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A visually dazzling puzzle for film lovers to unlock, Tenet serves up all the cerebral spectacle audiences expect from a Christopher Nolan production.
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    Nick SchagerThe Daily Beast
    Something like the epitome of [Nolan's] temporally twisty canon, distilling his many cinematic signatures and preoccupations down to their entrancing abstract essence.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    [Christopher Nolan] is very clever, but mostly irritating is what I find. [His movies] are not cerebral - they're fake cerebral... He doesn't even do the time travel right.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I am a big fan of [Christopher Nolan's] films -- I usually enjoy the time puzzle of it -- but this seems even more intentionally inaccessible and challenging than everything else... Confusing, distancing, and chilly.
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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    "Tenet" is indeed impressive, although I gave up trying to follow the plot.
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    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
    "Tenet" is difficult to understand, but even worse, it inspires little desire to understand it.
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    Kathleen SachsChicago Reader
    The auteur doesn't show much growth in his most recent self-indulgent work.
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    Rob GonsalveseFilmCritic.com
    It means what you want it to mean, and I don't want it to mean anything. It's just a ride.
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    Mark MeszorosThe News-Herald (Willoughby, OH)
    By the end of its two-and-a-half-hours, with all its bi-directional action, revelations and world-ending ramifications, it's a bit numbing, And you're pretty sure you can't wait to watch it again.
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    Eddie Harrisonfilm-authority.com
    ...a high-faluting, high energy, uber-glam espionage thriller...
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    Tony BlackCultural Conversation
    Just go with it. Allow the inversion to pull you along because it does, for the most part, make sense by the end.
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