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New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 12, 2010 at 5:01AM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Headliners, Studios, Stuck In Love, Reviews, Summer Movies, Chris Nolan, Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio, Warner Bros./New Line, Critics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.