Despite receiving his share of negative reviews, there is no doubt that Christopher Nolan represents an important and rare form of filmmaker in 2023. He is a director who has the ability to deliver cerebral, thought-provoking films while also demonstrating a consistent ability to be absolutely successful at the box office. It’s a beautiful thing at this age. Marvel Cinematic Universe overload. The New York Film Critics Circle certainly thinks so, and gave Nolan the best director award at a recent ceremony.
During his acceptance speech, the director made a number of typically thoughtful and insightful observations about the state of film criticism. But he also took the opportunity to reveal what might be the most shocking critical assessment of his films yet. Like Variation According to reports, Nolan recalled working out on his Peloton exercise bike when, in the middle of a particularly grueling session, he was suddenly faced with an impromptu review of one of his latest films:
“The instructor started talking about one of my films and said: ‘Has anyone seen this because that was a few hours of my life I’ll never get back.’ When [film critic] Rex Reed says he doesn’t want you to work with him any further on your film.”
Nolan didn’t reveal which movie upset the instructor, but since “Oppenheimer” is three hours long, we may have another “Tenet” detractor on our hands.