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All Christopher Nolan Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Christopher Nolan had such a perfect outsider journey into Hollywood filmmaking, he makes transforming into one of the world’s foremost A-list directors look simple. First, you make your requisite black-and-white feature debut for less than a half-million dollars (Following) in England. Then you come over to America, put together an inventive, almost revolutionary indie (Memento), which gets you invited into the big studio system for Insomnia, where two seasoned pros like Robin Williams and Al Pacino can recognize an up-and-coming talent and agree to star. Then, boom: You’re good to go in your new career as a rising director.

For Nolan, the next step up was a surprising move at the time: Resurrecting Bruce Wayne for Batman Begins, whose big-screen reputation had been trashed by Batman & Robin. With The Prestige, he really began to establish himself as a brand and icon whose pictures you can rely on to feature slick-as-ice style, heavy dollops of science fiction, mind-warping concepts and resolutions, and a growing repertoire of actors to fulfill his vision. Inception and Interstellar certainly fit this mold, while The Dark Knight (and its Rises sequel, to an extent) revolutionized comic book movies and pop culture fandom. And lest we think he forgot his roots, Dunkirk was a worthy movie monument to the WWII military evacuation’s inspirational stature within British society.

Nolan’s next film is Tenet, whose release has shifted with the sands of time in the ongoing pandemic. Its currently slated for an international August 26 debut, followed by a rollout to the American market starting September 3. Until then, we’re ranking all Christopher Nolan movies by Tomatometer!

#10

Interstellar (2014)
72%

#10
Adjusted Score: 87.06%
Critics Consensus: Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually resplendent filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan, even if its intellectual reach somewhat exceeds its grasp.
Synopsis: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#9

The Prestige (2006)
76%

#9
Adjusted Score: 82.839%
Critics Consensus: Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is a dazzling period piece that never stops challenging the audience.
Synopsis: In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in a darkened salon during the course of a fraudulent seance. From this... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#8

Following (1999)
80%

#8
Adjusted Score: 80.538%
Critics Consensus: Super brief but efficient, Following represents director Christopher Nolan's burgeoning talent in tight filmmaking and hard-edge noir.
Synopsis: Following is a wickedly clever story of how a young man's obsession with following people leads him into a dark... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#7

Batman Begins (2005)
84%

#7
Adjusted Score: 94.002%
Critics Consensus: Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes.
Synopsis: The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#6

Inception (2010)
87%

#6
Adjusted Score: 98.332%
Critics Consensus: Smart, innovative, and thrilling, Inception is that rare summer blockbuster that succeeds viscerally as well as intellectually.
Synopsis: Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 101.374%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.
Synopsis: It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#4

Insomnia (2002)
92%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97.752%
Critics Consensus: Driven by Al Pacino and Robin Williams' performances, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.
Synopsis: A sleep-deprived detective is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#3

Dunkirk (2017)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 111.809%
Critics Consensus: Dunkirk serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that honors the fact-based story.
Synopsis: Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#2

Memento (2000)
93%

#2
Adjusted Score: 99.471%
Critics Consensus: Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento's fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread.
Synopsis: A man is determined to find justice after the loss of a loved one, even though he is incapable of... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#1

The Dark Knight (2008)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 107.431%
Critics Consensus: Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
Synopsis: Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

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