Tenet

Tenet

Tenet

BlacKkKlansman's John David Washington and Robert Pattinson lead Oscar veteran Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller as espionage agents caught in a temporal conflict that could lead to catastrophe. Co-stars Elizabeth Debicki (Widows), with screen greats Kenneth Branagh (Dunkirk) and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) reteaming with Nolan.

An exceptional agent (Washington), only known as The Protagonist, is recruited for the coldest of cold wars - one involving unique radiation that allows matter to travel backwards in time. Paired with a veteran (Pattinson) in the field, their search leads them to a scorned woman (Debicki) willing to help take down the maniacal war kingpin (Branagh) who's taken advantage of this secret substance. However, when a time-inverting device becomes weaponised, The Protagonist is forced to see the world on a whole new level.

2020Rating: M, Violence & offensive language150 minsUSA
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Tenet is visually dazzling (opulent costumes and novel action sequences) in IMAX but also, not surprisingly, difficult to grasp in terms of plot resolution.

3.0

Confusing

The movie was a bit confusing however I did enjoy it to an extent

3.0

"Don't try to understand it. Feel it."

I actually really liked this movie. I just didn’t realise until more than half-way through. While the beginning frustrated me with its over-confusing, uncomfortably fast paced momentum, I eventually forgot that that had happened as I fell in love with the world and ideas Nolan was playing with. And once it becomes entertaining, the whole thing feels like...

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Tenet is absolutely everything I wanted and needed and clearly a big welcome back to the movies.

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Tenet is self-indulgent and wildly in love with its own cleverness. While parts of it work extremely well, it just doesn't add up to a satisfying narrative.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

By the time it's done, you might not know what the hell's gone on, but it is exciting nevertheless. It is ferociously entertaining.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A concrete cornucopia of global chaos and threat, in which humanity's survival depends on the minor matter of reshaping time and space, "Tenet" looks well suited to an anxious age.

Total Film

Total Film

press

The stakes have never been higher, but Tenet is exactly the film cinemas need right now.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The world is more than ready for a fabulous blockbuster... It's a real shame Tenet isn't it.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Nolan's latest may well be full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, or it may signify something imponderably resonant, and signify it forward, backward and inside out. Does your head hurt yet?

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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It's a dream ride... for the most part, for anyone looking for glitzy escapism, and who wouldn't include themselves in that demographic right now.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Times

The Times

press

The real joy of the film, nonetheless, is the sheer spectacle.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Altogether, it makes for a chilly, cerebral film - easy to admire, especially since it's so rich in audacity and originality, but almost impossible to love, lacking as it is in a certain humanity.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

If Nolan has out-Nolaned himself, it's in the action set-pieces which, despite being of head-scrambling technical intricacy, are sharper than Occam's razor and carried off with astonishing economy.

3.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

No doubt avid students of the Nolan formula will get months of entertainment out of repeated viewings, but for me it was oddly tantalizing -- full of good things but ultimately frustrating.

Time Out

Time Out

press

After five months stuck in front of the small screen, maybe being a little overwhelmed is no bad thing. But it's hard to escape the sense that less might have been more.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Tenet is absolutely everything I wanted and needed and clearly a big welcome back to the movies.

5.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Tenet is self-indulgent and wildly in love with its own cleverness. While parts of it work extremely well, it just doesn't add up to a satisfying narrative.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

By the time it's done, you might not know what the hell's gone on, but it is exciting nevertheless. It is ferociously entertaining.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A concrete cornucopia of global chaos and threat, in which humanity's survival depends on the minor matter of reshaping time and space, "Tenet" looks well suited to an anxious age.

Total Film

Total Film

press

The stakes have never been higher, but Tenet is exactly the film cinemas need right now.

5.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The world is more than ready for a fabulous blockbuster... It's a real shame Tenet isn't it.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Nolan's latest may well be full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, or it may signify something imponderably resonant, and signify it forward, backward and inside out. Does your head hurt yet?

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

It's a dream ride... for the most part, for anyone looking for glitzy escapism, and who wouldn't include themselves in that demographic right now.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Times

The Times

press

The real joy of the film, nonetheless, is the sheer spectacle.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Altogether, it makes for a chilly, cerebral film - easy to admire, especially since it's so rich in audacity and originality, but almost impossible to love, lacking as it is in a certain humanity.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

If Nolan has out-Nolaned himself, it's in the action set-pieces which, despite being of head-scrambling technical intricacy, are sharper than Occam's razor and carried off with astonishing economy.

3.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

No doubt avid students of the Nolan formula will get months of entertainment out of repeated viewings, but for me it was oddly tantalizing -- full of good things but ultimately frustrating.

Time Out

Time Out

press

After five months stuck in front of the small screen, maybe being a little overwhelmed is no bad thing. But it's hard to escape the sense that less might have been more.

3.0

Tenet is visually dazzling (opulent costumes and novel action sequences) in IMAX but also, not surprisingly, difficult to grasp in terms of plot resolution.

3.0

Confusing

The movie was a bit confusing however I did enjoy it to an extent

3.0

"Don't try to understand it. Feel it."

I actually really liked this movie. I just didn’t realise until more than half-way through. While the beginning frustrated me with its over-confusing, uncomfortably fast paced momentum, I eventually forgot that that had happened as I fell in love with the world and ideas Nolan was playing with. And once it becomes entertaining, the whole thing feels...

4.0