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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's taut, tense and terrific. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Haunting psychological drama. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern 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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey 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. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Pacino is masterful as the sharp-witted, seen-it-all detective. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A rare case of an American remake that actually improves on a European movie. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert 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. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Less gloriously showy than "Memento," but it proves you can still craft fine art under the auspices of a big studio. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

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