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Fresh: Here's proof that it's still possible to make pop-oriented yet personal movies with an A-list cast and a zillion bucks.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Friday, May 24, 2002
Fresh: A dark and fidgety picture from Christopher Nolan, who made such a splash with Memento.
- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, August 5, 2013
Fresh: Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart.
- David Ansen, Newsweek, Monday, August 5, 2013
Insomnia, as previously mentioned, feels like a two-hour episode of a television crime show, the only changes being the haunting psychological character study that we rarely get a glimpse of on television, and the screenplay's relieving lack of forensic jargon in order to let us get on with and make sense of the story. For the majority of the film, we feel as if we are indeed watching a pilot episode for an upcoming crime series. I occasionally forgot I was watching a theatrically released motion picture, and wondered who would play the antagonist in the following episode. The narrative doesn't fully satisfy. On the other hand, it does echo the rest of Christopher Nolan's work, in a sense that the visuals are used very wisely. The perturbing opening titles, the occasional surreal closeups of murder and hemorrhage, the repeating jump cuts as Al Pacino's character grows more paranoid, the memorably ominous fog scene. The faint of heart may certainly find the title an apt description of the night on which they view this film. read the rest at themoviefreakblog.com
- spielberg00, Monday, September 3, 2012