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The rise and reassessment of ‘Inception’

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It was one of the greatest movies of all time, until it wasn’t.

Several weeks before it appeared in theaters, Christopher Nolan‘s “Inception” picked up some of the most flowery hosannas bestowed on a film in many months. A select mix of critics, film awards columnists and online movie bloggers who’d seen early advance screenings rained down unanimous compliments.

Ambitious films — and as a wholly original concept sprung from the fertile mind of writer-director Nolan, “Inception” is indisputably ambitious — frequently divide critics. But the swing here was sharper than usual and was enough to perplex the average filmgoer.

“There seems to be a tidal phenomenon going on — the wave went one way, and then it went another,” says Salon critic Andrew O’Hehir, who with a lukewarm review was part of the second wave. “I almost want a social scientist to come in and analyze it, because those of us in the middle of it would like to understand it.”

But as the film neared its public debut Friday, that unanimity crumbled. Several influential mainstream critics declared themselves less than enthralled.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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