This is a movie that will pound your pulse without having a pulse itself. It's quite proud of it.
| Original Score: C+
What we end up with is a film that is not particularly bad, just one that seemed unnecessary since it's a story we've already seen many times before.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This high-stakes drama is infected with too many characters and a silly subplot.
| Original Score: 2.0/5
The whole thing feels maddeningly incomplete. We get only the sketchiest of characters. (Parental Movie Review also available)
There is only one voice in Contagion and it is a rather empty one.
Steven Soderbergh's viral "who brung it" is a mostly style-over-substance affair.
| Original Score: 2/4
Contagion keeps us at a distance: Rarely has the death of millions seemed so inconsequential.
Plays like a humorless send-up of all-star disaster pictures
Chilly, but not chilling, Steven Soderbergh's story of a worldwide pandemic is oddly antiseptic.
I didn't care about any of the characters, especially happy-go-lucky Patient Zero.
Contagion is just about as exciting as your last inoculation but makes less sense.
| Original Score: 3/5
Gets off to a very strong start, but eventually gets bogged down in questionable plotting and weak characterization.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Think of Wolfgang Petersen's magnificently entertaining 1995 virus-on-the-rampage adventure Outbreak, take out the drama, excitement and involving characters, and that's Contagion in a nutshell.
| Original Score: 1/5
There's a sense of dread in "Contagion," but it never spreads to us. When Day 1 is finally shown, it makes you want to eat better, which isn't the same as saying this is a great movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
Star-studded and well-directed pandemic story that offers style at the expense of thrills, any emotional connection, and at times, logic.
| Original Score: B-
With so many tales to tell, Contagion just can't possibly deliver on every one of its promises.
[VIDEO] ... there's nothing here to make you feel like you've had a meaningful cinematic experience. What a waste.
| Original Score: C
It's hard to know just what director Steven Soderbergh was thinking in making Contagion. The movie, about the outbreak of a mysterious and deadly new disease, feels oddly mistimed.
...only a few of the stories compel and even the reliable Matt Damon fails to make a strong impression. "Contagion" is an OK medical thriller, but there's something off about it.
'Contagion' is an ambitious and well-meaning film. However, despite some fine performances, it fails to deliver the type of thrills and suspense promised in those exciting previews.