Based on 278 votes and 94 reviews
My wife and I watched this on demand the other night. After about an hour my wife got smart and suggested we turn on the close-captioning function so we could actually follow the story and dialogue. Mr. Nolan, your movies are first-rate when it comes to overall production values and visuals, but my gawd, please tone it down a bit with the background music so we can hear the actual story! This was worse than watching a Michael Bay movie with respect to the volume of the music. As for the story, there was a really good idea and a really good movie in here somewhere, but it just didn't click for me.
Poor actor play
Another well done thriller movie from someone who never let me disappointed with his works.
Its an action thriller film
I FF through most of the movie, then stopped watching in the last 1/3. What a convoluted waste of political correctness time.
I think most people (who dislike this movie) are just having trouble gathering and processing all of the information contained within the film (I’ll admit, it’s dense!). I think it took me 3 viewings of the film to process all the information. Some may see “3 viewings” and think “it’s ridiculous to have to see a movie 3 times to grasp it!” To that I say, sure. But, that is the case with Mr. Nolan. His films are not for the casual movie-goer. I like to think of Mr. Nolan’s films as puzzles; they take a bit of time and brain power to unlock, but it is so gratifying once you finally do. My take: this movie is a modern masterpiece and, if you’re willing to invest yourself in unlocking this puzzle, I think you’ll feel that way too.
Mind you I am a bend time/space enthusiast...reason it was alluring I was ready to walk out in first 30 minutes, however, hung in and was absolutely MAD at myself for not walking out two hours later... confusing, jumps all over the place, just poor delivery! In the end a huge (extremely LOUD btw) waste of time and of course money!
Saw at AMC with the DOLBY SOUND EXPERIIENCE (AMC Danbury, Ct) Great rush from start to finish.....
To music loud and did not understand the movie to complicated but the action was great.
I agree that the volume could be an issue so bring ear buds because the journey is well worth it.
My dad and I went to see this and only watched it for 15 minutes then left to get his money back cause it was way too loud.
Noisy confusing something......
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen in a movie theater. It can be hard to follow at times, but if you pay attention it is brilliantly done! It has some of the coolest fight scenes I have EVER seen. It is also one of the few movies I have ever watched, and while still watching it, decided I wanted to see it again in theaters. Well done movie! Not your average action film!
Confusing, extremely, extremely loud music, bad acting, tiresome, I left before it was over. I reached a point where the popcorn was gone and I was asking myself, why am I wasting my time here. Went to find the manager but Landmark cut all their staff. No refund was available.
I like time travel type movies. While the plot could be difficult to understand it makes perfect sense.
plot too complicated to follow. bad acting. Waste of time and money
poor in every way-cast, acting, plot, script, except very good cinematography. Watched all we could handle, couldn't understand the plot and leading actor (for me) had no charisma. We left a little more than half way through after staying longer to "give it a chance".
Stopped by & still WAY TOO LOUD for me to see it again ! this is EAR DRUM DAMAGE loud.. amc IS STILL NOT PAYING ATTENTION.
Worst movie of the year. Only brain dead people would rate it 5 stars.
This movie challenges and you have to think with the movie, if u can it’s one of the best experiences
HAVE THEY LOWERED THE VOLUME YET ?
Worst movie I’ve seen in last ten years. No flow, very confusing, poorly edited. Just horrible
This isn't a film for people who don't enjoy cerebral films - it keeps you on your toes, trying to figure out how it all connects, to figure out what's going on and what might happen, or, what has already happened. If you just want an action movie that goes from point a to point b to point c with some explosions and car chases thrown in, Tenet is not for you. But if you want to go to the movies to see a masterful piece of storytelling that makes you think, leaves your mind blown, and makes you want to watch the film again and again to see what clues and hints you missed the first time, you will LOVE Tenet!!!
Awful. Just awful.
Junk......only a MORON would watch it twice.
Took a bit to understand, but with good reason. So intense and exciting! Gonna go back and watch again
I couldn’t keep up and was lost the whole movie. I kept wondering when it was going to end. Good Camera work though.
if inversion was real i would of got my money back and my 2 hours would of been save from sucking the will out of my life watching this over kill going back words movie, it was a good thing i was at the drive in to watch other film because if i wasn't i would of got my money back for real
A nonsensical plot that turned over stones for no apparent (or explained) reason. It didn't provide adequate character development that would help the audience tolerate the insufferable numbers of holes in the premise. It's a shame. The film was well acted but they could only work with what they were given.
long and dull at times
Remember Inception. Same director. Layer after layer, but well told and easy to follow. Good characters, story telling, and music. This is the complete opposite. Lightening does not strike twice. The actors are B grade, the story is beyond appalling, and the music by some heavy metal stoner is deafening. Save your money.
Loud, confusing, and tedious. But if you're desperate enough, you'll go see it, but few stick around to the end, because by that time the popcorn is gone and you no longer care to watch.
Loved everything about it. Lots of content that keep you wondering and thirsting for more.
The movie a ground breaking concept in same fashion as matrix was but needs work putting it together, plus difficult to understand characters unfortunately portion of dialog they are in mask. The Visual effects and location are incredible, but some piecing of th film needs work.
BAD MOVIE!!!! I dont understand the high ratings!!!!!!! 6 people went to see it and all 6 says its horrible!!
I’m sorry this movie was, is and will be forever horrible. Basically it’s a heist movie to prevent a war but they introduced a plot twist who’s premise just doesn’t work. And it’s poorly executed at the same time. At this point the advertising media are trying to bump up the ratings because it’s losing a lot of money at the box office. I feel cheated by Hollywood movies these days.
Twisted story line...ear shattering...but good action that held my interest!!!
It's pretty confusing and the sound is really loud for some reason but still really cool visuals and action.
great twisted story.
Excellent! It will drive ou wild. A meandeing tale with check mate after check mate to your usual expectations. A roller coaster ride without tracks, anew kind of coherence,
I'm very forgiving about movies BUT, way too loud ( & this was in a regular theater) too complicated , & soundtrack poorly mixed in what I think could have been a great movie. However, some of the locations filmed were beautiful.. If the volume is turned down, it might be more watchable . It was just too offensively loud. There were many complaints about this particular movie I spoke to them more than once about overly loud soundtracks. RH ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION AMC?
Tenet was a peculiar movie. Tenet was an ambitious movie. But even more than that, Tenet was an intriguing movie. Yes, there’s issues with the sound mixing so some dialogue gets drowned out (more so in the opening scene), the main villains Russian accent is a little cartoony and over the top to the point where what he’s saying is incomprehensible, and they hit a few philosophical points a little too on the nose, but the core plot of the movie is solid, and the performances are great. It may be confusing for a first time viewer, but I think it was intended to be. If you need any help understanding the main mechanic of the movie, I like to explain it as “pulling a U Turn on the timeline.
weak characters, weak plot, awful sound mixing
Save your money and time.Ultra confusing plot from the beginning to end.
Concept in theory sounds great but execution not so much. Movie was loud and confusing like watch a Micheal bay transformers movie you didnt know what the hell is happening.
Cofusing plot, between accents and masks the dialogue was hard to understand, to long , would not recommend this , glad I went on a Monday and only paid $5.00
hard to hear the dialog, overly confusing plot. wasn't worth risking to get the virus just to see this
One of the last films I saw with my dad was "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace". After we came out from that, he said "I watched it. There were lots of things to see, lots of things look at. But I couldn't get involved in it." In brief, I feel much the same about "Tenet". Poor sound mix, no room for character development amidst all the noise, too confusing. That three-stars is actually two-and-a-half for the first Christopher Nolan film I don't want to see again.