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Contagion Reviews



Genre :

Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi

Release Date :

September 09, 2011

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Steven Soderbergh

Starring :

Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Ehle, John Hawkes, Sanaa Lathan, Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, Demetri Martin, Elliott Gould, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Brian J. O'Donnell, Chin Han

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 5

“..yet the craziness never fully blooms in Steven Soderbergh's movie about a killer disease that sweeps the planet, and the result is like someone injected "ER" with the blood of "The Poseidon Adventure"..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
4 of 4

“..some thrillers make you grip your seat mate's hand in anxiety. "Contagion" will have viewers flinching if anyone touches them..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
“..it's an action thriller, a good one, but it doesn't take on any additional importance or meaning as it wears on - it's just a smart, entertaining experience, which is enough..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..is as ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center..”
by Manohla Dargis [NY Times]
4 of 5

“..is a smart, scary thriller that will affect people in different ways..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
Review rate : B+

“..I've seen a lot of frightening stuff at the movies. But nothing matches the terror of watching a hand dip into a bowl of bar nuts at an airport bar, and thus spreading death, in Contagion..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
2.5 of 4

“..Contagion doesn't come together as the fearsome bio-thriller it starts out to be. But it may make audiences twitchy about the guy coughing in the next row..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
3.5 of 4

“..by the time this globe-hopping, movie-star-crammed disaster saga - directed with petrifying efficiency by Steven Soderbergh - comes full circle..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
2.5 of 4

“..as slick and polished as this "real" version of "28 Days Later" is, it's an utterly heartless affair..”
by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel]
2.5 of 4

“..all this germ procedural offers is the sight of people behaving badly, willing to do their worst to get first dibs on a vaccine. Sadly, that's no surprise..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
3.5 of 4

“..a '70s-style, star-driven disaster film. But it's smarter than that, and a lot closer to medical thrillers like "The Andromeda Strain"..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
3 of 4

“.."Contagion" is never not a slick entertainment. Even its glibness is fun..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]

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by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


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by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


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by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


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by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


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by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


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by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


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by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


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by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


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