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.”
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.”
#Oppenheimer left me stunned: a character study on the grandest scale, with a sublime central performance by Cillian Murphy. An epic historical drama but with a distinctly Nolan sensibility: the tension, structure, sense of scale, startling sound design, remarkable visuals. Wow— Matt Maytum (@mattmaytum) July 11, 2023
Totally absorbed in OPPENHEIMER, a dense, talkie, tense film partly about the bomb, mostly about how doomed we are. Happy summer! Murphy is good, but the support essential: Damon, Downey Jr & Ehrenreich even bring gags. An audacious, inventive, complex film to rattle its audience— Jonathan Dean (@JonathanDean_) July 11, 2023
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.— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) July 11, 2023
Christopher Nolan’s #Oppenheimer is truly a spectacular achievement, in its truthful, concise adaptation, inventive storytelling and nuanced performances from Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon and the many, many others involved —- some just for a scene.— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr) July 11, 2023
#ChristopherNolan's #Oppenheimer is incredible. Every aspect of the film is worth talking about from the brilliant performances, to #HoytevanHoytema's amazing work behind the camera, to the way Nolan tells the story. The 3 hour run time flies by. See it in @IMAX 70mm if you can. pic.twitter.com/8mPVJGALKu— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 11, 2023
#Oppenheimer is staggering in every sense of the word. Might sound nuts to say this about a Chris Nolan movie that isn't INCEPTION, DUNKIRK, or even TENET, but this could be his most formally daring work yet. Sharp script, impeccable sound design, and Cillian Murphy is a *force*— Jeremy Mathai (@Somthin_Tookish) July 11, 2023
Christopher Nolan’s #Oppenheimer is fantastic – big & bold w/ electrifying performances & an incredibly visceral pacing to it. It’s both quietly intimate & also a ferocious moviegoing experience at the same time. See it in IMAX 70mm & it’ll be among your favorite watches of 2023 pic.twitter.com/GAZWiPEgFW— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 11, 2023
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.