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Limitless (2011)



Critic Consensus: Although its script is uneven, Neil Burger directs Limitless with plenty of visual panache, and Bradley Cooper makes for a charismatic star.

Movie Info

Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro),who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug's brutal side effects grinding him down, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.-- (C) Relativitymore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Leslie Dixon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 19, 2011
Box Office: $79.2M
Relativity Media - Official Site


Bradley Cooper
as Eddie Morra
Robert De Niro
as Carl Van Loon
Anna Friel
as Melissa
Tomas Arana
as Man in Tan Coat
Darren Goldstein
as Kevin Doyle
Ned Eisenberg
as Morris Brandt
T.V. Carpio
as Valerie
Richard Bekins
as Hank Atwood
Patricia Kalember
as Mrs. Atwood
Cindy Katz
as Marla Sutton
Ann Marie Green
as Financial Newscaster
Damali Mason
as Female Cop
Meg McCrossen
as Female Assistant
Tom Bloom
as Dunham
Nina Hodoruk
as Realtor
Tom Teti
as Tailor
Stephanie Humphrey
as TV News Reporter
Joe McCarthy
as Day Trader #1
Peter Pryor
as Day Trader #2
Daniel Breaker
as Campaign Manager
Dave Droxler
as Technician
Lusina Quarleri
as Italian Hostess/Wait...
Luisina Quarleri
as Italian Hostess/Wait...
Piper Brown
as Girl Skater
Simon MacLean
as Father Skater
Saxon Palmer
as Businessman #1
Stephen Sable
as Businessman #2
Damaris Lewis
as Beautiful Black Woma...
Martha Ann Talman
as Van Loon's Assistant
Robert Bizik
as Coffee Shop Owner
Hugh Douglas
as Poker Player #1
Howard Strong
as Poker Player #2
Arlette De Alba
as Girl Passenger
Eddie J. Fernandez
as Gennady Thug
Eddie Fernandez
as Gennady Thug
Ray Siegle
as Gennady Blind Thug
Nicholas Le Guern
as Friend at Beach #1
Nicolas La Guern
as Friend at Beach #1
Richard Miller
as Friend at Beach #2
Violeta Silva
as Friend at Beach #3
Anna Parkinson
as Friend at Beach #4
Laurence Roscoe
as Friend at Beach #5
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News & Interviews for Limitless

Critic Reviews for Limitless

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (41)

The thriller structure of 'Limitless' and its turns that will mark out the course of action, lack the much needed quality of surprise. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | April 27, 2016
Blog de cine

Let's describe Neil Burger's latest as director "Abraham Polonsky's 'The Matrix.'" It's a hyper-local amped-up Manhattan melodrama that pulses through one man's mind, one user's bloodstream.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014

Paradoxically absorbing, yet cliched and empty, this power-based New York story is a bit of an entertaining thrill ride, probably far more popcorn-engrossing than it deserves to be...

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
The Playlist

Limitless brings the seduction of self-enhancement to your local cineplex in a witty package that's pretty enough to keep you intrigued

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

Relationships are shortchanged and this brisk, fantastical tale fails to find any emotional traction.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
Tribune News Service

While it does have some entertaining moments and other moments where possibilities rear their heads, it never quite lives up to the premise.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

Audience Reviews for Limitless

An entertaining movie that you easily forget after seeing it and whose curious premise runs out of steam too quickly, but this is compensated at least by a charming and charismatic Bradley Cooper who keeps you interested long after you had stopped caring about the story.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Retooling Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of better living through chemistry ("The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde"), this nothing-but-a-star-vehicle is a cheerful enough time passer despite being an all out hollywood style endorsement and glamorization of drug use (i don't understand how it even got made!) and despite terribly underusing Robert friggen De Niro ("Bobby's on the set ... let's NOT use him, okay!")!?!?! Some interesting camera effects spice up a piece whose underlying message ("use drugs ... it's cool!") is nonetheless disturbing, if redeemable due to the fact that the work, with little to achieve with its premise other than a pleasant buzzing sensation, is very forgettable.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Yeah so, kinda fun. A man takes an experimental pill that enhances his natural abilities and makes him super efficient - at cleaning his apartment, at writing the next great American novel, at remembering pointless trivia to impress saucy co-eds, and at day trading with ferocious international businessmen. Naturally. The pacing is hip and bracing, and the introduction of the side effects with Anna Friel's made-under performance is piteous and daunting.

The end (or beginning, depending on how you look at it) is, of course, rather absurd with the vampirism thing and Eddie not having to face the "Flowers for Algernon" consequences of attempting to rise above his station. His meteoric climb to the top makes good use of Bradley Cooper's natural fast-talking cockiness, but even I'm a little over that trick.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Limitless Quotes

Carl Van Loon: I want that pill! Gimme that pill!
– Submitted by Joel A (2 months ago)
Eddie Morra: I was blind but now I see.
– Submitted by Diego P (4 years ago)
Eddie Morra: [voice over] All my fear? All my shyness? Gone!
– Submitted by Hanna K (4 years ago)
Eddie Morra: I wasn't high. I wasn't wired. Just clear. I knew what I needed to do and how to do it.
– Submitted by Hanna K (4 years ago)

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