More a puzzle than a meaningful story, it reminds me of how Edmund Wilson compared reading a mystery to eagerly unpacking a box of excelsior, only to find a few rusty nails at the bottom. full review
Memento is one of those jigsaw puzzles whose pieces snap together more tightly with each viewing. Fueling it all is a performance by Guy Pearce that's as indelible as the tattoo ink covering his body. full review
I am neither upset nor disturbed by Memento , only vaguely dissatisfied. I simply don't buy Jonathan Nolan's thesis that audiences know all the tropes and tricks of crime thrillers backward and forward. full review
It's all pretty confusing, but then again, so were many of the classic film noirs. full review
Wild, daring, smart and funny, Memento is this year's quirky film-festival hit that deserves to break out of the art houses and into mainstream consciousness. full review
Terrifically satisfying film.
Christopher Nolan's extraordinary film is a brainteaser and a heartbreaker. full review
Memento doesn't just draw you into a dramatic mystery, it makes you aware of human mystery. And that's food for thought and entertainment. full review
Challenge all viewers and gives them plenty to ponder after the credits roll, the lights go out and they reach the parking lot. full review
Bound to be talked about, debated and eviscerated far more than it's understood. full review
Nolan uses the structure simply as a gimmick to refresh a stale story of revenge, crime, sex, a film noir that never gets any darker than gris.
It will be an unadventurous or lazy filmgoer who doesn't want to play the movie's ingenious game.
Memento's boldest stroke is its ingenious synthesis of structure and theme. full review
Memento is a thriller for people who are sick of thrillers, a puzzle movie in which the puzzle is actually worth the time and effort to solve. full review