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Contagion Reviews

Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Adopting a clean, chronological and punchy approach, Soderbergh holds a steady eye on panic and chaos. It's a disaster movie with a brain and conscience.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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The presence of movie stars helps: their authority is part of what keeps us fascinated by the gruesome fable, juicing it a bit, so that we can actually enjoy it.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 13, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Contagion is compelling.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 11, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Contagion is the best movie made to date about an epidemic/pandemic.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Along with the stars, Contagion has plenty of scares, though in contrast to Matt Damon and Kate Winslet, they're things you encounter every day.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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The film resembles its viral subject a little too closely: an intricate, formidable mechanism with no evident purpose.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

September 9, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, written by Scott Burns, begins on a state of high alert and stays there for the rest of the movie.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

September 9, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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[A] curiously inert new thriller from Steven Soderbergh.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

September 9, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Steven Soderbergh​'s viral "who brung it" is a mostly style-over-substance affair.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Contagion could have been a blood-curdling scream; instead it comes off as Soderbergh's star-powered science project.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

September 9, 2011
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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It's the dark comic moments and the film's sci-fi, B-movie, race-to-develop-a-vaccine subplot that prevent Contagion from being a gloomy two hours in the dark. That and Soderbergh's delight in characters.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
Forrest Wickman
Slate
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If Contagion is a "horror movie," as Soderbergh has described it, then you can think of it as the most believable zombie movie ever made.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 9, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Decent, but not completely viral.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

September 9, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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If this is an action-thriller, it's one that makes med school look sexier than the Marines.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The rush of A-listers combined with apocalyptic dread creates its own kind of dizzy pleasure: Who's going down next on this Poseidon Adventure?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

September 9, 2011
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Contagion may be the most expensive public-service ad ever filmed, but it's also a surprisingly light-on-its-feet action thriller.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
Leah Rozen
TheWrap
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[An] intellectually stimulating new drama about the terrifyingly rapid spread of a lethal virus.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

September 9, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Takes great pains to present its situations realistically, and includes a lot of intelligent speculation about what sort of political, economic and ethical questions would be raised by such a disaster.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Sobering reality for our interconnected world.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Contagion is more unsettling than 1995's Outbreak or the disaster movies of the '70s.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR
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The most terrifying aspect of Contagion, ultimately, is the plausibility of its premise. Meticulous and low-key, the film reminds us that disaster lies in the most mundane interactions.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 8, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Delivers the gripping, tick-tock tale of an epidemic that threatens to destroy civilization, but presents it virtually without comment.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 8, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Though modern in its style and gloss, Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" has the feeling - the welcome feeling - of one of those epic disaster movies from the 1970s.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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I couldn't look away, and neither did I touch my face with my hands.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 8, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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As ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 8, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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By the time this globe-hopping, movie-star-crammed disaster saga - directed with petrifying efficiency by Steven Soderbergh - comes full circle, you'll never want to touch a subway pole or elevator button or ATM again.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Soderbergh himself has modestly likened "Contagion" to a '70s-style, star-driven disaster film. But it's smarter than that, and a lot closer to medical thrillers like "The Andromeda Strain."

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 8, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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This may not fit any conventional definition of entertainment, but it certainly keeps your eyes on the screen.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 8, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Contagion" will do for hand sanitizer what "Jaws" did for shark repellent.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

September 8, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Big ideas and small-mindedness threaten to turn "Contagion'' into unwieldy world-affairs and family-values allegories, but Soderbergh and Burns are moving too fast to think.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Contagion" is a thoughtful, provocative and ultimately chilling film.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

September 8, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The result is not quite medicine and not quite cotton candy. But it works. It's made for grown-ups.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Soderbergh places a queasy emphasis on the way the things that make the world we live in smaller make us that much more vulnerable.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 8, 2011
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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While the movie is undeniably riveting, it's a little too precisely engineered and emotionally detached for its own good.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 8, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Contagion" deserves praise for taking the scientific method seriously when so much hogwash is floated about regarding vaccines.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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"Contagion" is a brilliantly executed disease outbreak movie.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 5/5.0

September 7, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Soderbergh knows exactly how to dredge up the dread, showing us in several scenes the many things we touch - including our own faces, noses and mouths - during the course of a day and the dangers they contain.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 7, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Telling a complex story in a coherent narrative arc has never been one of Mr. Soderbergh's strengths, and chronicling the day-by-day panic of a killer virus jumps all over the place.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 7, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Soderbergh takes us from suburban living rooms to labs at the Centers for Disease Control to remote Asian villages with equally clear-eyed realism.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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If Contagion truly is the first leg of Soderbergh's retirement victory lap, this harrowing film is a potent reminder of what we stand to lose.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 6, 2011
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Without fully rounded characters, it's hard to care who lives or dies in what amounts to an extended procedural on how disease prevention orgs might respond to such a scenario.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 6, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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For a good hour, a very good first hour, the film efficiently accumulates small, terrifying incidents and images.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 6, 2011
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Though far from a likeable movie, Contagion is admirable as a highly controlled, verging-on-Kubrickian exercise in directorial vision and style.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 6, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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The pressure cooker plot calls for intense performances all around but first among equals are Winslet and Ehle.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 5, 2011
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