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  • Summary: A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Jun 3, 2013
    80
    The usual elements of scheming and deception are well represented here, but they are made all the knottier by shifting time frames.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jun 3, 2013
    80
    Christopher Nolan's noirish thriller is an uncommonly polished and assured feature debut, highly clever textually and supremely accomplished technically. This ultra low-budget exercise marks the emergence of a significant directorial talent. [13 April 1999]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 3, 2013
    80
    Impressively acted by the unknown cast, and eerily shot in black and white, Nolan successfully creates his own distinctive cinematic world, leaving en route a trail of objects which may or may not have any meaning.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Jun 3, 2013
    70
    As a psychological mystery it plays persuasively if not profoundly. Nolan relishes the sheer nastiness he keeps stirred up, unabated for 70 minutes. You can, too, provided you don't ask more of it.
  5. Reviewed by: John Petrakis
    Jun 3, 2013
    63
    It's an ambitious undertaking, this mix of Mamet and Godard, and it is to Nolan's credit that he takes it on so early in his cinematic career. It doesn't completely click, but there is plenty in this 70-minute black-and-white exercise to keep us involved.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    Jun 3, 2013
    50
    There are moments in Christopher Nolan's thematically ambitious film noir that make you wish he had the time and money and, to a certain degree, talent, to fulfill his lofty goals. [11 Feb 2000, p.C9]
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 3, 2013
    40
    Following is modest and engaging, but in being strenuously clever, it surrenders any dibs it might have on being relevant, or original.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Mar 25, 2014
    8
    I can compare this to Aronofsky's Pi, it's also black and white and disturbing (not so crazy though). The story is good. For the first serious movie it is really well made. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2013
    8
    I think this movie is a start for Christopher Nolan' films method. You must pay all of your attention to movie to understand what is happening in the movie. But there are some details that help you to understand like the young man's hair. The story was good and it does not make people weary. I think this movie worth to see. Expand
  3. Jun 19, 2013
    8
    Being a huge Christopher Nolan fan after seeing Memento I found out about this film and after seeing it for this being his first film it is well done.
  4. Jun 25, 2013
    8
    of the film we can see the genius of Nolan in making the film, with his trademark plot back and forth, this film is not less than nolan movie afterwards. 8 for this movie Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2013
    6
    It may be rather scant on character and a little too bare in the pacing department, but with an intriguing premise and some impressive visuals for a shoe-string budget, "Following" represents a relatively understandable foot in the door project for Christopher Nolan. Expand

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