(2002)

Critic Reviews

78

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Rolling Stone
It's taut, tense and terrific.
100
A perfect fit between filmmaker (Memento's Christopher Nolan) and material (Norway's same-name psycho-chiller from 1997), this remake gets all there is to get out of a peculiar premise with promise.
100
New York Post
A rare case of an American remake that actually improves on a European movie.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Superb psychological thriller.
90
Insomnia shows an equally welcome ability: a gift of creating intelligent, engrossing popular entertainment.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
Unlike most remakes, the Nolan "Insomnia" is not a pale retread, but a re-examination of the material, like a new production of a good play.
88
Charlotte Observer
Less gloriously showy than "Memento," but it proves you can still craft fine art under the auspices of a big studio.
75
Haunting psychological drama.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
With Insomnia, his third feature, Nolan, 32, has proven himself a precocious master of the thriller, unsettling the audience with a brief image of blood seeping through fabric.
75
New York Daily News
Pacino is masterful as the sharp-witted, seen-it-all detective.
75
Smart and well-crafted, and it boasts complex characters, effective star turns and evocative photography of a small Alaskan town in summertime, when the sun never sets. It's a solid Hollywood thriller.
70
Wall Street Journal
This one is nowhere near as original -- it's a flawed remake of a fine first feature from Norway -- but "Insomnia" still stands on its own as a thriller with brains and scenic beauty.

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