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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Nolan's violent, elaborate epic is best for deep thinkers.

Movie PG-13 2020 150 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 14+

Most Confusing Movie I Have Ever Seen, But In a Cool Way

This movie is really hard to understand, and difficult to follow at times. There is lots of fighting and action, not really bloody though. Near the end of the movie there are some scenes were a woman is walking around in a bikini, not much sexual content other than this.
age 18+

Not the common film

There is a word used, I do not care for or use. When Russian husband an oligarchy is yelling at his wife. That part I did not care for. However this is one of the best films ever made. It's not a typical popcorn flick. It's a movie that forces you to pay attention and think. In the age of tik Tok, Instagram and Twitter where people have short attention spans, this movie is a breath of fresh air. Christopher Nolan makes movies the way they should be make.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (67 ):

Cinematic master of time manipulation Christopher Nolan has created the Rubik's Cube of time travel movies. Many time travel fans love to study and analyze the genre's fictional rules, and Tenet might become a template to compare others against. Nolan dips into physics and quantum theory -- and he doesn't spend time explaining anything clearly. And although the production values are excellent overall, with great world building and viscerally exciting special effects and design, it doesn't help that audio involving key details is muffled by gas masks, spoken through walkie-talkies, etc.

While much of the movie is a whirlwind of "what?," the ending suggests that much of the complexity isn't as relevant to the overall point. You can enjoy it at the level of your choosing: If you want to crunch around in the minutiae, there's ample material, but if you want to jump to the takeaway, then it plays much more like a James Bond movie with a lot of complicated dialogue. It definitely sets up the possibility of a sequel, and it seems like the amount of details dumped on audience members are meant to entice viewers to rewatch it again and again.

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