Remarkable Reviews for Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer

Weeks before the movie’s scheduled release, it was announced that Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer had an unexpected rating.

The atomic bomb developer J. Robert Oppenheimer’s life and times will be extensively explored in the next film from the English filmmaker, with actors like Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, and Robert Downey Jr. leading a brilliant ensemble of top-tier Hollywood talent.

The wartime drama, which won’t be released for another month, has already made history by being dubbed Nolan’s longest movie to date.

The R-rated Christopher Nolan film

The rating for Christopher Nolan’s most recent movie, Oppenheimer, has been verified as R for “some sexuality, nudity, and language.”

This is the director of The Dark Knight’s first R-rated movie since 2002’s Insomnia, which starred Robin Williams and Al Pacino.

Some people may be surprised by the R-rating given the historical drama’s apparently lighthearted subject matter, which centers on the labor done to develop the atomic weapon in secret.

Only three of Nolan’s earlier films received a R rating: the aforementioned Insomnia, Memento, and his directorial debut Following. In subsequent years, Nolan’s films have largely been PG-13 affairs.

Even his earlier military movie Dunkirk had a PG-13 rating rather than an R.


Below is a complete list of all of Nolan’s movies along with their MPAA rankings:

  • Following (1998) – R
  • Memento (2000) – R
  • Insomnia (2002) – R
  • Batman Begins (2005) – PG-13
  • The Prestige (2006) – PG-13
  • The Dark Knight (2008) – PG-13
  • Inception (2010) – PG-13
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – PG-13
  • Interstellar (2014) – PG-13
  • Dunkirk (2017) – PG-13
  • Tenet (2020) – PG-13

Oppenheimer’s rating is R; why?

Without a doubt, Christopher Nolan has never shied away from adult themes, but this Oppenheimer decision is unique for the adored filmmaker.

How far he pushes the elements that generally feature in his movies is perhaps what will set this movie apart from his previous ones. The majority of his movies have strong and/or frightful scenes and language, but it appears probable that Oppenheimer will somewhat increase the intensity level.

The movie’s R rating begins to make sense when you realize that it is alleged to feature eroticism and nudity.

In the early stages of his career, Nolan appeared to be following Martin Scorsese’s lead by concentrating mostly on R-rated prestige dramas and thrillers. But the realm of super heroes and high-concept science fiction drew him in right away.

One may contend that Oppenheimer’s return to Scorsesian thought was made possible by this film’s R classification.

The R-rated historical drama with Nolan’s sensibility will now be interesting to watch in detail.

Oppenheimer comes to theaters on July, 21. 

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