Tenet

audience Reviews

, 76% Audience Score
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Typical Nolan, awesome, confusing.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    It's like Christopher Nolan was challenged to do a sequel to Inception in one night. Confusing boring story. Definitely not worth it if you have to pay for it. Probably not worth it, even if free. most of my family walked out even before the movie was done because it was so confusing.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I loved the movie so much I rewatched it 18,000 times and I made my friends watch it, though the 3 hour movie went on for 2 days.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    While the plot was difficult to understand I truly believe Christopher Nolan was experimenting to see if a story could be told without a protagonist that we could get invested in. Even though it kind of missed the mark, I was very impressed to see him try something new.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    I absolutely HATED this film! It just didn't make sense, it was like watching pieces of a film, where you felt like there were gaps where you had missed important plot points. Plus the background music and noise completely overwhelms the dialogue, very hard to hear.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    1/21/21 Best first 24 min of a movie ever. Or as good as any other. Movie tense, edge seat. Hard to keep up with the understanding of the time element. Worthy rewatch. Read synopsis first.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    I hated the execution on this movie. It felt like I was watching the dress rehearsal.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Tenet is the most Chris Nolan movie that Chris has ever Nolaned. From the timeline that jumps around more than a grasshopper, to the big bombastic action sequences (including loads of complex practical effects and ear-shattering music,) this movie is drowning with Nolan’s trademarks. There’s one thing I certainly cannot criticize about Tenet and that is the level of excitement and engagement. I was never even close to bored by the film, and could not handle any distractions for fear that I might miss something. As is typical with these high-concept Nolan movies, this is a film that will reward multiple viewings to try and piece together what exactly happened. I rejoice in the fact that there was enough thrilling action to keep me interested for those repeat viewings, although there are some repetitive elements to the story that might get old over time. What is most shocking about Tenet is, despite all its complexity, I feel like I could summarize the plot quite easily. It’s a surprisingly simple story structure with obvious good guys and bad guys. They even do us the courtesy of abandoning any illusion that the main character is a real fleshed-out human being with a name, instead he is simply labeled “the protagonist.” However, it’s when you begin to examine the minutiae that you realize none of the story really makes any sense. It’s like a pointillism painting: If you just stand back and take in the whole canvas, you can see a delightful picture; but if you look too closely at any one part of the canvas, you’ll find a nonsensical arrangement of dots. I’m certain some of the confusing aspects can be explained with a whole lot of analysis and maybe a few complex diagrams, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are some significant plot holes that will never make sense. These are the kind of things that will nag at me even after I’ve watched the movie again, and that’s a problem. I have some other issues with Tenet that go beyond just the concept. For starters, it is a film that struggles a great deal with setup and payoff. There are some times when the setup is so obvious that I can’t believe any film-maker still thinks the payoff will surprise audiences. There are a few times when there is something interesting set-up, but there is no real payoff for it. And, perhaps worst of all, there is at least one time that something is set up in a line that is delivered for no good reason simply to pay off 2 minutes later. I cringed more than once at all of these moments. In fact, there is a lot of clunky dialogue. There are too many scenes of people stopping everything for massive speeches that are lazily dropped in so the audience can try to keep up with the story. Tenet is far from a perfect film, but Nolan has made worse movies. He’s having fun playing around with a new idea, and it works well enough to be entertaining.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Although action packed with brilliant writing, the story makes zero to no sense. It doesn't bother to explain itself in any way and still ends up being predictable. Would not suggest people to watch it
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    amazing and very mind bending