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Jessica Kiang, New York Times: “Seek it out, if only to marvel at the entertainingly inane glory of what we once had and are in danger of never having again… At one point, a yacht is moored off the Amalfi Coast near Pompeii — a city petrified at the height of its decadence by a volcanic explosion it could not see coming. So seems Tenet, the kind of hugely expensive, blissfully empty spectacle it is difficult to imagine getting made in the near-to-medium future, now a fascinating artifact of a lovably clueless civilization unaware of the disaster lurking around the corner.”

Matt Goldberg, Collider: “Nolan and WB thinking Tenet would save moviegoing in the middle of a pandemic only to be greeted by lukewarm reviews”

Barry Hertz, Globe & Mail: “There are spectacular action scenes filmed in exotic international locales, all captured in gloriously intimidating IMAX. There are never-smiling men engaging in acts of ultra-serious violence. An obsession with the super-wealthy. A booming score so floor-shaking that it drowns out almost all the dialogue. A plot point fixed on the separation of a parent and child. And while there are no dead wives à la Nolan’s FollowingMementoThe PrestigeThe Dark Knight Rises, Inception and Interstellar, there is an abused wife. Oh, and Michael Caine is here, too.”

Mike Ryan, Uproxx: “I’ve been struggling with how to cover a movie like Tenet, a film trying to get people back in theaters in the U.S. during a pandemic when experts say it’s the last thing we should do. And, morally, at all endorsing or normalizing something I wouldn’t do… The whole city has been devastated. But we also saw the alternative and it was a nightmare. And that’s a reason why I don’t have the answer to any of this. It’s all such a mess. It didn’t have to be a mess, but it is a mess. The only thing I know for sure is I wouldn’t go to a movie theater right now if my life depended on it.”

Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm: “The irony is that WB probably could’ve counterbalanced this by giving US critics screeners, but no, they REFUSE to give in to that, and now have a small number of so-so reviews killing the buzz. WHOOPS.”

Mike McCahill, IndieWire: “Exhausting, rather joyless… Among the movie’s less appealing spectacles: an 87-year-old eating steak in close up… eventually, we reach a drowsy Mediterranean backwaters… interminably PG-13 shootouts and fistfights replace those tangible, haunting Post-Its and Polaroids… Nolan has dedicated himself to fabricating vast, clanking machine-movies… The clanking here is partly intentional… The hope is Nolan can bolster that industrial process with flickers of heart, as he did sporadically in Inception and even hyper-clanky Interstellar.”

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