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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

Easily one of the best scifi movies ive seen in a long time. Excellent acting, amazing script, great all around.

- jmanard52, Saturday, February 5, 2011

4 stars

Easily one of the best scifi movies ive seen in a long time. Excellent acting, amazing script, great all around.

- jmanard52, Saturday, February 5, 2011

5 stars

It's stylish, compelling, kinetic and relentlessly cool. A must-see. It's a spectacular, pulse-pounding and utterly mind-blowing edge of your seat thriller. A spellbinding original that pushes your mind to limits that you might not be able to handle. It's one hell of an amazing journey that truly takes your breath away. It's 007 meets The Matrix on steroids. A tremendously entertaining and unforgettable thrill-ride that truly delivers. It's truly mind-shattering and frequently amazing. An instant classic. An ingenious masterpiece. Director, Christopher Nolan has crafted a new breed of psychological thriller. It's Nolan's biggest and most accomplished work as a director yet. It's slickly written, superbly crafted and brilliantly performed. A total blast of heart-pounding suspense, adrenaline-pumping action and a brilliant plot. It delivers more twist and turns than a Chinese puzzle that will push you to the limit. A dazzling, powerful and relentlessly exhilarating action-packed ride. It has loads of eye-popping special effects and incredible action sequences. A magnetic and explosive visual treat for the eyes and ears. An excellent and incredible movie you will want to see again. An extraordinary mixture of science fiction, mystery and action all rolled into a superb and exciting heist film. An electrifying experience that has to be seen to be believed. An all-star cast that packs serious heat. They all deliver outstanding performances. Leonardo DiCaprio is brilliant, he shows such dynamic star power and emotional vulnerability. Cillian Murphy is sensational. Ellen Page is wonderful. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fantastic. Ken Wananabe is excellent. Tom Hardy is terrific.

- allan913, Sunday, October 28, 2012