Newmarket Films | Release Date: March 16, 2001 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
80
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 34 Critics
Positive:
30
Mixed:
3
Negative:
1
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100
A gripping, utterly unexpected noir, glinting with bits of poetry and a hard, deadpan humor.
91
A hard and bright and tough film in all the best ways.
90
Operates in an orbit somewhere between Oliver Sacks and Lewis Carroll. I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.
88
The most disorienting and trippiest data-retrieval caper in years.
88
This demanding puzzle is not for the "Chocolat" crowd, but those who stay with it will experience perhaps the most dazzling film released so far this year - even though a second viewing is virtually mandatory.
88
Terrifically satisfying film.
80
Nolan's engrossing, backwards-ticking noir will run you so thoroughly in circles that you'll need to see it at least twice for maximum enjoyment.
75
Fiendishly tricky contraption.
70
The film takes this attempt to shatter narrative into little pieces about as far into incoherence as it can go; yet it is also full of odd, hypnotic menace.
38
The dramatic content in Memento is as blank as Leonard's post-traumatic mental state.