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  • Summary: From acclaimed director Christopher Nolan ("Memento") comes the story of Will Dormer (Pacino), a veteran LAPD detective who travels to a small Alaskan town with his partner Hap (Donovan) to investigate the disturbing murder of a seventeen year-old girl. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 100
    A rare case of an American remake that actually improves on a European movie.
  2. 100
    About as good a movie as you could have hoped for. Really good. Hole-in-one good.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Gripping, highly dramatic thriller that more than confirms the distinctive talent of young Brit helmer Christopher Nolan.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Sensationally made and in patches pretty nerve-jangling.
  5. Pacino is masterful as the sharp-witted, seen-it-all detective.
  6. Haunting psychological drama.
  7. 38
    Nolan pushes the twilight-zone atmosphere so hard that it loses its capacity for mystery. When it's not assaulting us with jolting audiovisual expressions of fatigue, this movie plays like a pedestrian response to David Lynch's effortlessly eerie "Twin Peaks."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 55
  2. Negative: 11 out of 55
  1. A.Stevens
    Jul 22, 2006
    10
    An excellent director combined with amazing actors(williams and pacino in particular) and a compelling script combine to make a highly An excellent director combined with amazing actors(williams and pacino in particular) and a compelling script combine to make a highly successful and thrilling film. Expand
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    9
    Al Pacino gives one of his best performances, and Robin Williams also gives one of his most innovative performances as well, Hilary Swank alsoAl Pacino gives one of his best performances, and Robin Williams also gives one of his most innovative performances as well, Hilary Swank also gives a stellar performances but the key of this movie is Nolan's direction and writing Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2012
    9
    It's brilliantly cast and stunningly effective.
  4. Mar 9, 2013
    8
    Insomnia isn't so complex and good constructed how other Nolan movies,it doesn't give a big twist at the end or something like that,it isn'tInsomnia isn't so complex and good constructed how other Nolan movies,it doesn't give a big twist at the end or something like that,it isn't mind-blowing and this disturbs me a little.But the story line is still great.The idea,that killing is just evil,when you kill deliberate is brilliant and the cast is perfect. It is not an action blockbuster ,not explosions and so on.Insomnia is thrilling,entertaining and profound.A great movie,that unfortunately be ignored in Nolan's film series. Expand
  5. Jun 19, 2013
    8
    Probably my least favorite Christopher Nolan movie, which says a lot for Nolan. Al Pacino and Hillary Swank give good performances, but theProbably my least favorite Christopher Nolan movie, which says a lot for Nolan. Al Pacino and Hillary Swank give good performances, but the stand out is Robin Williams. Expand
  6. Jul 8, 2013
    7
    Insomnia is a great thriller with a great plot and some fascinating actors like Al Pacino and Hillary Swank. It is not a masterpiece likeInsomnia is a great thriller with a great plot and some fascinating actors like Al Pacino and Hillary Swank. It is not a masterpiece like Se7en but you will not get bored and you will like the film. It doesn´t have something special but it is just an entertaining crime film with some suspense in it Expand
  7. MaraD.
    Jul 29, 2007
    3
    Despite the expected great acting from the main cast, the film seemed eternal and I found myself waiting for it to end. It is ironically the Despite the expected great acting from the main cast, the film seemed eternal and I found myself waiting for it to end. It is ironically the cure for it's own title. Expand

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