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action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a thief who steals corporate secrets from sleeping minds. Now he must be the first to pull off the reverse: planting an idea in exchange for his freedom.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
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4 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Nolan has spun an elegantly cerebral story that is primal, compelling, and as visually disconcerting as it is completely captivating

- Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews, Friday, July 23, 2010

Fresh: "Hooray!"

- Bob Grimm, Reno News and Review, Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fresh: If you think "Lost" was complicated, lets just say its kitten chow when compared to this.

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Friday, July 30, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Mind-blowing fun.

- spielberg00, Monday, October 1, 2012

4 stars

Mind-blowing fun.

- spielberg00, Monday, October 1, 2012

3 stars

"Inception" is an original film (sort of) that sparks the imagination and proves to us that big-budget blockbusters can be more than just CGI and explosions. Does this mean "Inception" is intelligent? No. Is it a science-fiction masterpiece? Not so much. So what's wrong with the film? It's the characters, they are underdeveloped. This is the problem I have with all Christopher Nolan films. I find it very difficult to relate to any of his characters. In "Inception", Cobb is dull and forgettable. Also, the totem idea doesn't make sense. Who says Cobb's little top can't fall down in his dreams? Anything can happen in dreams, thus making the totem completely pointless. Here's the thing, most of the things that happen in "Inception" are a little far-fetched. The film gets bloated at times, and to make matters worse you have Hans Zimmer's bombastic score constantly pounding in your face. But nonetheless, "Inception" is a thrilling movie. It certainly isn't the most intelligent film I've ever seen, and as far as dream films go, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" reigns supreme.

- edfilmreviews, Friday, August 3, 2012