Lists: Mystery, Thriller, Biopic, Psychological Thrillers, HPR Selects, Revenge, Whodunnit, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember."

Overall Ranking: 70 (Rank from 2000: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 87.5%
Regular 12.5%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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  • Reviewer Rating Review
    Cut The Crap Movie Reviews by Aiden R100(full review)
    Thomas Pollock100
    Patrick Devitt100
    Rob from GuysFilmQuest97
    David Baruffi97
    Morgan On Media97(full review)
    Skooch95(full review)
    Dan O'Neill95(full review)
    CinemaVisitor Erik95
    Bryan Lienesch93 - Watch this without knowing anyone or anything behind it and you'll say, "where has this movie been all my life?" Then discover Christopher Nolan's name and say "Ah, that explains it all."
    Jay of Life Vs Film90(full review)
    HC Movie Reviews90(full review)
    Tom Little of Digital Shortbread85(full review)
    Darren of Movie Reviews 10185
    Drezzy75 - Inventive and solid as hell, but repeat viewings are hard once the twist is revealed.
    Jester Smiles65

    People Involved

  • Guy Pearce (Leonard)
  • Carrie-Anne Moss (Natalie)
  • Joe Pantoliano (Teddy Gammell)
  • Mark Boone Junior (Burt)
  • Russ Fega (Waiter)
  • Jorja Fox (Leonards Wife)
  • Stephen Tobolowsky (Sammy)
  • Harriet Sansom Harris (Mrs. Jankis)
  • Thomas Lennon (Doctor)
  • Callum Keith Rennie (Dodd)
  • Kimberly Campbell (Blonde)
  • Marianne Muellerleile (Tattooist)
  • Larry Holden (Jimmy)
  • Buzz Visconti (Motel Guest (uncredited))
  • Christopher Nolan (Director)