Thompson on Hollywood

Expect an Inception backlash. Warner Bros.' marketing pattern is to launch a big movie's buzz with the internet press and trades, then let the established print critics (who tend to be tougher on films) have at it closer to release. And so the inevitable negative review from New York's David Edelstein breaks Inception's 17 for 17 record on Rotten Tomatoes.

Edelstein seems to have taken exception to those of us who suggested that the movie is Kubrickian. Interestingly, Edelstein is a card-carrying protege of Pauline Kael (or Paulette), who never liked Kubrick. In fact, she panned 2001: A Space Odyssey in Harper's in 1969, called it an "Erector-Set approach to movie-making." And Edelstein also didn't care for The Dark Knight, calling it "noisy, jumbled, and sadistic."

There will be more pans to come.