Reviews: Tenet (2020)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: There is a difference between “incomprehensible” and “opaque”. Tenet is more the latter than the former, though some of the criticisms against it are not without merit.
  • Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: As good and mindwrecking as one can expect from Christopher Nolan.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is a sleek, mysterious clockwork which, like its title, flips in its middle and doubles back on itself, exposing its inner machinations. As The Protagonist, John David Washington imbues the director’s chilly aesthetic with humanizing warmth.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan’s latest brain-bender is an entertaining if rather dense spy thriller, mixing the globe-hopping splendour of a Bond movie with Nolan’s puzzle-style plotting, dropping clues into each Imax-scaled scene.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: With Tenet, Nolan has made his Bond film. Unfortunately it is Spectre by way of Guy Ritchie’s Revolver.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • [New] | M Enois Duarte @ HighDefDigest.com
    • Excerpt: Although feeling frustratingly convoluted and needlessly over-complicated at times, Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi spectacle Tenet remains a surprisingly satisfying popcorn blockbuster starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh. At its heart, the plot is a relatively traditional espionage action thriller littered with familiar tropes, but in true Nolan form, the story is grounded in perplexingly complex theoretical science that manages to be both its hindrance as well as its point of interest.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Nolan never fails to deliver on the big screen experience and, in spite of some atypical predictability, this is a thrilling watch from beginning to end.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The specifics of the plot are impossible to follow, but boy does it look spectacular!
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Washington and Pattinson have palpable charisma, but this cold puzzle offers no incentive to solve it. Throw in damsel-in-distress crap, and both my geek sensibilities and my feminism are offended.
  • Sarah Marrs @ LaineyGossip.com
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Tenet is Christopher Nolan’s weakest film. It’s also evidence that Christopher Nolan’s weakest film is still way better and more exciting than some directors’ best films.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Christopher Nolan has too much time on his hands.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [We] get the full Nolan treatment in spectacle without [any] emotional and psychological lifting. It’ll never [match] his best, but it’s undeniably entertaining nonetheless.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘Tenet’ sees director Christopher Nolan completely bend the knee to technical showmanship and entirely ignore the bread and butter of what makes films engaging: character. Though the mostly-practical VFX achievements make you wonder how he did this or that, there is no excuse for how actively not fun Tenet is.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: I suspect that Nolan spent a decade-and-a-half or so on the idea for Tenet so he could have a reason to shoot action sequences in reverse. If that’s all you care about, then mission gloriously accomplished.
  • Sebastian Zavala @ Cinencuentro [Spanish]