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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense, complex, brilliant sci-fi thriller; violent scenes.

Movie PG-13 2010 148 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 96 parent reviews

age 11+

An exciting, wild, and mind bending ride!

My 11yr old daughter LOVED this movie. It is thrilling, intriguing, and has unique 'mind-blowing' concepts and huge scale. There is nothing in it that encourages bad behaviour (apart from the use of violence to solve problems... hard to avoid in exciting movies).
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age 14+

Gotta lean in and pay close attention

Nolan's film offers viewers a delightfully complicated film that requires the audience to play close attention. The layers, the music, the hallway that rotates, it is all a ride that makes you want to hold on to your armrests. It is a film that relishes in the CGI genre along with intense stunts and set building in order to bring authenticity to our dreams. And Cotillard...stunning.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (96):
Kids say (358):

Inception is an intense, complex story, but it's always coherent, imaginative, and entertaining. Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has proven himself a master of time juggling; he rarely presents a story in chronological order. He often flips time or stacks time on top of itself, balancing several simultaneous storylines precariously, but with remarkable clarity.

That said, although Inception is a terrific film, it lacks a strong emotional connection with most of the characters -- the movie's roller coaster ride feel means that there's little time to stop and get to know anyone. Likewise, unlike Nolan's The Dark Knight, it doesn't really represent any current fears or desires, save for a vague fear of technology. It's really just a very intelligent, slam-bang popcorn movie. And that's absolutely fine.

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