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Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” Receives Rave Reviews After World Premiere

Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" Receives Rave Reviews After World Premiere
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Christopher Nolan’s latest film, “Oppenheimer,” just had its world premiere in Paris. Critics who attended the nearly three-hour screening have lauded the film, particularly praising Cillian Murphy’s performance. Phrases like “awe-inspiring” and “staggering” spectacle were used in their reviews. The anticipation is surely dialed up by quite a few notches now.

Matt Maytum, editor of Total Film, was left “stunned” by the film. He described Cillian Murphy’s performance as “sublime.” Despite being an epic historical drama, “Oppenheimer” carries the distinct Nolan sensibility. The tension, structure, scale, remarkable visuals, and an impressive sound design place the film at a high place on Nolan’s filmography. 

Jonathan Dean from The Sunday Times was completely absorbed by the film. He called it “a dense, talkie, tense film partly about the bomb, mostly about how doomed we are.” He added, “Murphy is good, but the support is essential: Damon, Downey Jr & Ehrenreich even bring gags. An audacious, inventive, complex film to rattle its audience.” Dean ranked “Oppenheimer” among Nolan’s top three films, alongside “Memento” and “The Prestige.”

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The tweet by Bilge Ebiri of Vulture creates a perfect micro review of the film. He writes, “OPPENHEIMER is…incredible. The word that keeps coming to mind is ‘fearsome.’ A relentlessly paced, insanely detailed, intricate historical drama that builds and builds and builds until Nolan brings the hammer down in the most astonishing, shattering way.” 

Lindsey Bahr, film writer for the Associated Press, called “Oppenheimer” a “spectacular achievement.” She emphasized the film’s serious, philosophical, and adult nature, likening its tension and excitement to that of “Dunkirk.” Bahr was particularly captivated by a specific moment in the film that she deemed awe-inspiring.

Oppenheimer will closely share its release with Barbie featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling on July 21. But with such overwhelmingly positive reactions, it doesn’t look like the film will struggle to make a significant impact. 

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