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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: 44 out of 57
  2. Negative: 11 out of 57
  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. Apr 23, 2015
    9
    Brilliant acting, super interesting story, drama, mystery and action... what more could you wish for? Al Pacino and Christopher Nolan deliverBrilliant acting, super interesting story, drama, mystery and action... what more could you wish for? Al Pacino and Christopher Nolan deliver one of the best criminal movies i've ever seen! Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2012
    9
    It's brilliantly cast and stunningly effective.
  4. Feb 22, 2013
    8
    Insomnia was the second major motion picture by acclaimed writer/director, Christopher Nolan. Even in the most early stages of his career,Insomnia was the second major motion picture by acclaimed writer/director, Christopher Nolan. Even in the most early stages of his career, it's easy to see his genius, that's why so many big stars wanted to work with him right away. Insomnia is the least well known of all his films and does lack some of the things that have become Nolan's trademark, but it's still a terrific film. The story follows two L.A. Detectives sent to a remote part of Alaska, where the sun doesn't set for six months and then doesn't rise for six months. They're there to solve a brutal and calculated murder, but circumstances lead them down a different path. Despite being one of the best Hollywood has to offer, I haven't really been much of a Pacino fan. To me, it seemed as though he had lost something with age, his performance in Insomnia proved me wrong. Terrific is not the word for what Al Pacino was and he's not the only genius Nolan surrounded himself with. This film is incredibly well written and being the perfectionist that he is, Nolan got only the best people to star in it. It's not the kind of Nolan film, we've been spoiled with over the past 10 years, but Insomnia is a great story, with an unbelievable cast and in my opinion is a must see. Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2014
    8
    Good director, great actors, a story with some twists and a lot of moral dilemmas. The movie keeps in tension. Overall, a decentGood director, great actors, a story with some twists and a lot of moral dilemmas. The movie keeps in tension. Overall, a decent detective/thriller/drama movie. Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2013
    8
    Directed by Nolan and starring Al Pacino, Insomnia is nothing short of a thrilling masterpiece. This is a great film for lovers ofDirected by Nolan and starring Al Pacino, Insomnia is nothing short of a thrilling masterpiece. This is a great film for lovers of psychological thrillers. 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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