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Insomnia (2002)



Critic Consensus: Driven by Al Pacino and Robin Williams' performances, Insomnia is a smart and riveting psychological drama.

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A sleep-deprived detective is sent to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Forced into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse by the primary suspect, events escalate and the detective finds his own stability dangerously threatened.

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Al Pacino
as Det. Will Dormer
Robin Williams
as Walter Finch
Hilary Swank
as Det. Ellie Burr
Maura Tierney
as Rachel Clement
Martin Donovan
as Hap Eckhart
Nicky Katt
as Fred Duggar
Paul Dooley
as Chief Charles Nyback
Jonathan Jackson
as Randy Stetz
Katharine Isabelle
as Tanya Francke
Larry Holden
as Farrell
Jay Brazeau
as Francis
James Hutson
as Officer No. 1
Andrew Campbell
as Officer No. 2
Crystal Lowe
as Kay Connell
Paula Shaw
as Coroner
Tasha Simms
as Mrs. Connell
Ken Kirzinger
as Stunt Coordinator
Kerry Sandomirsky
as Trish Eckhart
Emily Perkins
as Girl At Funeral
Chris Gauthier
as Uniformed Officer
Ian Tracey
as Warfield
Kate Robbins
as Woman On The Road
Emily Jane Perkins
as Girl at Funeral
Dean Wray
as Ticket Taker
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Critic Reviews for Insomnia

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (54)

Dormer has a weariness that Pacino wears perfectly, always finding some new depth to his exhaustion and despair without ever being a sleepy presence on screen.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Insomnia is not so much about the murder mystery as it is about Will's internal struggle with what's right and what's possibly okay.

August 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film represents a triumph of atmosphere over a none-too-mysterious mystery. Which is to say that Nolan makes you feel the end-of-the-earth bleakness of his setting, makes you feel the way it can discombobulate people once they internalize it.

August 5, 2013 | Full Review…

With a run-of-the-mill bad-guy actor playing chief suspect Walter Finch, the movie might have tipped too far Pacino's way. But Robin Williams is a shockingly effective counterweight.

August 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Scene by scene, screenwriter Hillary Seitz follows director Erik Skjoldbjaerg's original closely, but this remake deepens and improves upon the Norwegian film by giving Dormer a more complex relationship with Eckhart.

August 5, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Nolan uses visual pyrotechnics to pump up the tension and add to Pacino's sense of disorientation, but the feeling he evokes isn't as forlorn, creepy, or ambiguous as in the original (though the mountain wilderness is just as forbidding).

August 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Insomnia

Good thriller that keeps you guessing from the start. I still can't get over Robin Williams as a bad guy; the fact that he took on a villainous role as opposed to a comedy role made the movie that much better.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


Can't remember if I saw this in the movies when it first came out or if I watched it at home and forgot to write it up. But after watching a second time hard to imagine it was produced 10 years ago. Al Pacino plays awesome part as he always does as a cop. He's in Alaska working on a case when he kills his partner. The case is a teen age girl was murdered and Robin Williams is the killer he's tracking down as the movie mazes about, excellent twist here and there. Williams always seems to play a excellent Psycho. 4 stars for this one 2-27-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


A mix of Silence of the Lambs and Memento, Insomnia is a bleak yet excellent thriller with great performances from Pacino and Williams. The formation and unraveling of the lies that Pacino's character crafts are fascinating to watch. Nolan once more shines as a director, and the cinematography and film editing are effective and top notch.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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