First review says Inception is too smart to succeed

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

We'd love to tell you what we thought of Christopher Nolan's new movie, Inception, opening July 16, but we can't. There's an embargo, you see. But critic Peter Travers broke that embargo in the issue of Rolliing Stone that goes on sale tomorrow, setting off a firestorm of debate among critics online as to whether he should or shouldn't have.

We haven't seen that issue yet, but Lou Lumenick of The New York Post managed to get his hands on a copy and quoted the first paragraph.

Here's some of what Travers had to say:

"The mind-blowing movie event of the summer arrives just in time to hold back the flow of Hollywood sputum that's been sliming the multiplex. Inception ... will be called many things, starting with James Bond Meets The Matrix. You can feel the vibe of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner in it, and Nolan's own Memento and The Dark Knight. But Inception glows with a blue-flame intensity all its own. Nolan creates a dream world that he wants us to fill with our own secrets. I can't think of a better goal for any filmmaker. Of course, trusting the intelligence of the audience can cost Nolan at the box office. We're so used to being treated like idiots. How to cope with a grand-scale epic, shot in six countries at a reported cost of $160 million, that turns your head around six ways from Sunday? Dive in and drive yourself crazy, that's how.''

So what Travers seems to be telling us is—Nolan made a mistake by overestimating the intelligence of movie-going audiences.

Do you think he's right? Are audiences willing to think during a summer film? Or will they stay away in droves?