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  • Summary: A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

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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. The Hollywood Reporter
    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. Boston Globe
    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:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 3, 2015
    8
    Though just 70 minutes in length and his debut, Christopher Nolan's Following is a great work that really highlights why he has taken off theThough just 70 minutes in length and his debut, Christopher Nolan's Following is a great work that really highlights why he has taken off the way he has. Featuring strong lead performances from Jeremy Theobald and Alex Haw (how did neither of them get much work after this in acting?). The film is intense and has a really paranoid feel to it that really elevates it. Even more so, it has multiple layers to it that can make the film a fun one to take another look at to try and figure out all the different twists and turns the film takes back. A true hard boiled mystery film, Following was somehow made for $6,000 and that was money well spent as this is a great film that is honestly better than some of Nolan's big budget films. It is amazing what one can create when they have to sacrifice excess. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2015
    8
    Christopher Nolan’s first ambitious and paradoxical ride of entertainment. ‘Who follows the followers?’

    We follow this young writer,
    Christopher Nolan’s first ambitious and paradoxical ride of entertainment. ‘Who follows the followers?’

    We follow this young writer, constantly trying to find depth to his imaginary characters. He starts to follow people and, of course, meats this thief. He gets obsessed with this character and gets into his life and sooner than later a companionship was formed. As Christopher Nolan’s next movie; “Memento” (2000), “Following” got the same (but less) complex non-linear structure but also the identical theme and compassion. It constantly jumps from different timelines and it keeps the audience interested with the story and its surprises, twists and turns along the one-hour movie. The whole plot is very ironic as it is paradoxical and smart. It got a lot to tell about obsession, trust, perspectives of different personalities & everyday life. It’s entertaining for one type of person, slow and boring for another one. But it worked excellent for me, because it’s so clever and I quickly got into this odd grayish cinematic flick.

    The characters are very well presented, even though the acting performances aren’t flawless and that there isn’t that much time spent on introducing our characters in a more profound and less dry way. But there’s great development to our main individual, through his ups and downs we see his frustrations over all the struggles he must face with his new companionship. The stunning aspect with “Following”, is just as Nolan’s newer creations; the structure. Which is so smart and it puts everything we get to know in a brand new perspective, especially the third act which had some big twists and turns, both for the character and the main plot. The interesting part is that the soundtrack is hinting a bit, that something odd is going on, that something isn’t right. And it really is a stunning non-linear movie that’s enjoyable and highly unique, even though it’s 17 years old.

    It might have some less-flawless aspects, including a non-perfectional editing and cinematography. But it really is a smart, iconic and of course a complex ride of entertainment, and that’s what keeps impressing my critical and personal viewpoint.

    Personal rating: 80/100
    Critical rating: 84/100
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  3. 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 movieof 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
  4. 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 seriousI 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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 happeningI 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
  7. 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 visualsIt 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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