Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Inception Is Certified Fresh

Plus, The Sorcerer's Apprentice is short on magic

by | July 16, 2010 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a mind-bending dreamworld (Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page) and a modern-day fantasia (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel). What do the critics have to say?



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1217219[/tomatometer]

Inception

Christopher Nolan is on a roll. He took the superhero movie to new heights with The Dark Knight, and now he’s back with Inception, which critics are calling an ambitious, dreamy sci-fi heist movie that’s quite a mind bender. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Cobb, an American expat skilled in stealing ideas from people’s dreams. He’s offered an opportunity to return to the States if he can pull off one last big job — and, naturally, metaphysical complications ensue. The pundits say Inception is a visual marvel and a brainy head trip — in fact, you’ll probably have to see it multiple times to get everything that’s going on. However, some say if there’s a nit to be picked, it’s that Inception is often more heady than emotionally involving.(Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down our favorite sci-fi noirs.)



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1212688[/tomatometer]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

For those who can’t wait for the next Harry Potter installment, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice provides plenty of wizards and sorcery. What it lacks, say critics, is originality and inspiration. Jay Baruchel stars as a college kid who finds himself in the midst of a battle against the forces of evil, one that’s being spearheaded by Merlin disciple Balthazar (Nicolas Cage). The pundits say Apprentice is passable stuff, and its decent action scenes should please the kiddies, but overall it’s a bland enterprise with an overabundance of CGI effects.


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno, a documentary about a star-crossed film by the great French director, is at 100 percent.

  • Alamar, a quasi-documentary about a father-son fishing trip, is at 90 percent.

  • Kisses, a drama about a pair of Irish siblings living on the streets, is at 86 percent.

  • Valhalla Rising, an existentialist tale of a brutal Viking warrior, is at 78 percent.

Tag Cloud

VICE CBS All Access mutant Extras AMC sequel Winter TV universal monsters Action Tumblr Calendar Winners Trailer Pop HBO Fall TV DGA ESPN Premiere Dates biography cats Starz Rocketman Amazon Prime Video crime FOX nature doctor who green book Certified Fresh strong female leads breaking bad Awards natural history Esquire LGBTQ SundanceTV National Geographic social media Disney streaming service elevated horror Mystery animated Endgame Netflix DirecTV Logo Lionsgate Pet Sematary renewed TV shows Ghostbusters indie Sony Pictures sag awards zombie APB Mindy Kaling Syfy TruTV Paramount Network movies Reality talk show cinemax Tarantino Turner Walt Disney Pictures 21st Century Fox mockumentary spy thriller El Rey Sci-Fi what to watch Lifetime Christmas movies Tomatazos GLAAD Captain marvel directors E3 anime canceled facebook 2018 miniseries Country 2019 Rocky A&E FX on Hulu ITV Spike Infographic binge 007 witnail war foreign YA teaser Red Carpet based on movie Martial Arts Marvel Warner Bros. Bravo Turner Classic Movies name the review Valentine's Day Holiday Star Trek jamie lee curtis IFC Films psychological thriller Sundance TV BET Black History Month Columbia Pictures boxoffice rotten movies we love See It Skip It vampires American Society of Cinematographers Showtime MSNBC romantic comedy game of thrones Hulu The Arrangement serial killer Binge Guide Black Mirror TBS Emmys TCM free movies Summer spinoff WGN docudrama harry potter hist politics Superheroes tv talk canceled TV shows south america The Witch 2017 Grammys TV The Walking Dead cancelled TV series casting Cartoon Network batman Nominations FXX Lucasfilm hispanic supernatural CBS Classic Film dc OWN Quiz Video Games Musical Pride Month Disney screenings New York Comic Con Travel Channel crossover History IFC OneApp dogs The CW spain Star Wars Brie Larson travel cancelled TV shows thriller 45 Countdown Amazon Marvel Television X-Men Acorn TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Sundance Box Office SXSW Women's History Month RT21 space scary movies Interview Watching Series Academy Awards The Purge franchise Nat Geo versus Hallmark Christmas movies cults Amazon Studios Superheroe Disney Plus disaster Pop TV cancelled TCA Winter 2020 Holidays Musicals diversity spanish language crime drama Comic Book 20th Century Fox Amazon Prime aliens werewolf TCA 2017 dceu science fiction Drama Cannes Podcast 71st Emmy Awards Nickelodeon Reality Competition latino NYCC richard e. Grant Apple TV Plus movie Family President A24 MCU comiccon Universal adventure MTV BBC America streaming Comedy Horror discovery book crime thriller Best and Worst Rom-Com 2015 Stephen King First Reviews Animation game show CNN TV Land anthology Character Guide TIFF DC streaming service theme song award winner blockbuster SDCC Sneak Peek Crackle Peacock Oscars romance reviews cartoon USA Year in Review ABC Family Film dragons Funimation FX Toys San Diego Comic-Con historical drama golden globes Fox News VH1 Comics on TV DC Universe Comedy Central Mary Poppins Returns psycho justice league cops Apple TV+ Spectrum Originals Masterpiece CW Seed revenge Super Bowl Chernobyl slashers Marathons stand-up comedy Creative Arts Emmys Crunchyroll Freeform Television Academy Epix WarnerMedia TLC adaptation Awards Tour TV renewals NBC TCA Rock PBS 2020 Schedule sitcom zombies ratings Pirates GoT sports Song of Ice and Fire political drama joker cars Hallmark Spring TV USA Network children's TV medical drama transformers First Look toy story Mary poppins series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 2016 Sundance Now GIFs Elton John Ellie Kemper Lifetime halloween police drama CMT RT History Avengers Tubi Set visit YouTube Red PaleyFest Western Marvel Studios technology Music TNT finale independent ghosts ABC Pixar unscripted cooking Shondaland dramedy Fantasy Vudu reboot documentary video Disney+ Disney Plus E! Shudder composers christmas movies Britbox Christmas singing competition period drama Kids & Family Mudbound Disney Channel Biopics YouTube Premium Film Festival Heroines true crime Anna Paquin robots television HBO Max Dark Horse Comics Paramount blaxploitation quibi Mary Tyler Moore Teen zero dark thirty Polls and Games BBC YouTube Trophy Talk Apple Election Discovery Channel festivals kids Food Network Arrowverse Emmy Nominations LGBT Trivia DC Comics Netflix Christmas movies Thanksgiving comics Adult Swim Cosplay cancelled television Photos comic spider-man Writers Guild of America 24 frames Opinion Ovation screen actors guild Baby Yoda