Tenet: 10 Reasons It's Christopher Nolan's Worst Film Ever

A load of *muffles* incomprehensible bulls**t.

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After numerous delays, Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated Tenet has finally arrived in cinemas. It's the first blockbuster to arrive following the shutdown of theatres worldwide and hopefully it will do well, for cinemas sure as hell need a big hit right now. But does Tenet live up to the hype?

Sadly, no.

Tenet benefits from a strong cast and great visuals but, to be brutally honest, it's a bit of a dud for Christopher Nolan, with a whole host of issues. It's certainly the worst screenplay Nolan has ever written and a huge, huge step-down from most of his other films.

Christopher Nolan is a strong director and he'd never made a weak movie prior to Tenet. It was always very possible he'd make an underwhelming film at some point (most great directors have at least one misfire to their name), but it's a huge shame that his first bad movie had to be the first blockbuster to be released post-lockdown.

Tenet really does make The Prestige and Insomnia, which were Nolan's worst big-budget films before this, look like masterpieces in comparison. Here's why...

10. It's Way Too Long


Nolan's films are often longer than they should've been and this really comes through with Tenet. Films like The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, both of which are arguably underrated Christopher Nolan offerings, are a bit too long but they get away with it because there's so much going on.

Unfortunately, Tenet doesn't get away with the overlength because there's little to it aside from its complicated time-travel acrobatics. Not only does it go on for two and a half hours, but since there's virtually nothing in the way of substance and it lacks any real suspense, it's frankly an enormously dull viewing.

It's the kind of film which many might feel deserves two viewings in order to fully grasp, but it'd be hard to face watching this one again.


Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.