Cosmopolis Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 6, 2012
The rapid dialogue is dry and mannered, like a David Mamet play, there's virtually no story and Cronenberg's visual scheme is cold and claustrophobic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 24, 2012
It feels like each and every moment bursts forth with urgent dialogue, and yet what does anyone actually say?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2012
There's not really a movie there, nothing that sustains itself from scene to scene and nothing that's worth watching from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 23, 2012
The film is all too faithful to its un-cinematic source.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 23, 2012
"Cosmopolis," because of its allegiance to the book's mannered, offbeat language, feels like it never wakes up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 23, 2012
Poor Pattinson does the best he can. He's not terrible. But he's definitely out of his element, if not beyond his depth, an altar boy in a bishop's robes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 23, 2012
The story seems to cleave into cerebral disquisition and primal sex.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 23, 2012
The movie isn't for everyone. But if it grabs you, prepare for it to stick in your head for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 23, 2012
A flawlessly directed film about enigmatic people who speak in morose epigrams about vague universal principles they show no sign of understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 17, 2012
Despite the constrictions, Cronenberg keeps the space handsome and active. For long stretches, Cosmopolis is dreamy and funny, in an off-centered way.
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 17, 2012
It is one of the director's better movies of recent years, even if it is occasionally maddening.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 17, 2012
David Cronenberg meets Don DeLillo at last, and it's as if all the angels of heaven have come together. And said nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 16, 2012
I took a strange pleasure in submitting to this movie's stilted but weirdly poetic rhythms. But I freely acknowledge that for others, enduring Cosmopolis may be less fun than a backseat prostate exam.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 16, 2012
I never imagined describing a film as a cross between The Bonfire of the Vanities and Last Year at Marienbad...
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 16, 2012
It's all vapid snark, didactic sermonizing and bewildering shock tactics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012
DeLillo's brilliant analysis of the destructive power of wealth that took such seductive hold on page has a tough time gaining traction on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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August 16, 2012
It's like a dream that engages and drifts, until waking with a start in a finale that's as bracing and raw as the rest of the film is coolly distant.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 16, 2012
Frustratingly bland work from lead Robert Pattinson results in an awfully watery stew.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 16, 2012
Conventional it is not. Engrossing it is.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 16, 2012
Mr. Cronenberg's direction throughout "Cosmopolis" is impeccable, both inside the limo and out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 16, 2012
If you can get past the psychological density of the source material and the tabloid noise around the star , this mesmerizing mind-bender ought to prove that Robert Pattinson really can act and Director David Cronenberg never runs from a challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 16, 2012
Sometimes, even a little gratuitous nudity can't save a movie. This is one of those occasions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 16, 2012
Cronenberg turns a difficult, sometimes frustrating book into a difficult, sometimes frustrating movie, though one with many of the same rewards as its source material ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
August 15, 2012
"Cosmopolis" is Cronenberg's best film since "eXistenZ" and further viewings may place it higher than that.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
We're supposed to be feeling . . . something. That we don't might be Cronenberg's own endgame.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 14, 2012
Cosmopolis is almost certainly some kind of masterpiece, but I have to admit it's probably not for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
August 13, 2012
The more abstract and overtly stylized Cosmopolis is, the more it thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 7, 2012
A sensual, propulsive thriller, the apocalypse as viewed from lush interiors and a hermetic remove.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 13, 2012
An eerily precise match of filmmaker and material, Cosmopolis probes the soullessness of the 1% with the cinematic equivalent of latex gloves.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 8, 2012
A carefully prepared freeze-dried entrée, sans jus, that fails to stir the appetite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 25, 2012
[A] vapid, claustrophobic drama...
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 25, 2012
What we can't argue is that Cosmopolis is the work of a master filmmaker, one who is determined to have us think about the ideas packed into the trunk of this limo bound for the furthest corners of the psyche.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2012
An airless and inert expression of a capitalist kingpin's odyssey across a threatening New York City.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 25, 2012
Threatens to soar and to be important, but it only offers flashes of lucidity. That said, there's a consistent air of charged, end-of-days menace running through the film, which Cronenberg handles with an unbroken sense of precision and confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 25, 2012
A parade of hollow didactic encounters.