Early Critic and Fan Reviews of ‘Oppenheimer’: What Do They Say?

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Oppenheimer, the latest blockbuster from acclaimed writer/director Christopher Nolan, hits theaters this weekend alongside Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. ‘Barbenheimer’ is the theatrical event of the summer, so here’s all the information you need to know about ‘Oppenheimer.’

What is ‘Oppenheimer’ about?

‘Oppenheimer’ is a dramatic biopic that tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the talented theoretical physicist who led the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. The film follows Oppenheimer from his early days as a student at Harvard University to his work on the Manhattan Project and the aftermath of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Oppenheimer was a complex and contradictory figure. He was a brilliant scientist who helped to create the most destructive weapon in human history. But he was also a deeply moral man who was haunted by the consequences of his work.

Who is the cast of ‘Oppenheimer’?

Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy in the title role as J. Robert Oppenheimer, with Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife Kitty. In addition to the two leads, the film features an incredible ensemble cast.

Matt Damon plays General Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. plays U.S. Atomic Energy Commission chairman Lewis Strauss, Benny Safdie as physicist and atomic bomb researcher Edward Teller, and Rami Malek as physicist David Hill.

Critic reviews of ‘Oppenheimer’

According to the first reviews of Nolan’s latest, ‘Oppenheimer’ is a remarkable achievement, and it’s sure to go down as one of the best films of 2023. Critics on Metacritic have scored the movie with an average of 89 out of 100, and on Rotten Tomatoes they’ve given it an even higher 94%.

The Rotten Tomatoes critic consensus reads, “Oppenheimer marks another engrossing achievement from Christopher Nolan that benefits from Murphy’s tour-de-force performance and stunning visuals.”

Fan reviews of ‘Oppenheimer’

There aren’t many movies where critics and fans seem to be unanimous, but fans of ‘Oppenheimer’ are rating it exactly the same as critics. Fans on Metacritic have given the film an average of 9.0 out of 10, and on Rotten Tomatoes they’ve given it a 94%.

Where can you watch ‘Oppenheimer’? Will it be available for streaming?

‘Oppenheimer’ is now available in theaters everywhere across the U.S. To find when and where you can watch the new movie near you, check the local showtime listings at theaters in your town.

As for streaming, ‘Oppenheimer’ should eventually be released on Peacock rather than Netflix, Max, or Disney+, given Universal’s deal with the streamer. A streaming release date has not yet been announced. As for a potential release date, we know the Universal-Peacock deal requires movies to be released on streaming no later than four months after their theatrical debuts.

Universal’s last major release, ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie,’ hits Peacock on August 3 (120 days after its theatrical debut). Given Oppenheimer’s similar blockbuster status, ‘Oppenheimer’ will likely come to Peacock after a similar window. Should that be the case, ‘Oppenheimer’ may hit Peacock around November 18.