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Limitless (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 187
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 56

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

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 16

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

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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

Jul 19, 2011

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You could pick the script apart for impossibilities. But why bother? It's much more enjoyable to shut your brain off and have a good time.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Associated Press | Comments (8)
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It's scatty and fast paced, and director Neil Burger employs some Gaspar Noé-style, bad-trip CG effects to heighten the mood.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Very limited, actually.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (19)
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What would you do if you could take a pill and suddenly access 100 percent of your brain power? This is the premise behind Limitless, a sci-fi thriller that looks as if its makers utilized around 30 percent of theirs.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (15)
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The filmmakers doesn't sweat the fact that Eddie is a chemically enhanced fraud. What scares them is any possibility of alienating the movie's target audience with a downer ending.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR | Comments (12)
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Add it all up, including the nifty twist at the end, and what we have here is a fun Hollywood flick with a good head on its shoulders.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

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...

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-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.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

An enjoyable film that tries to move beyond the standard thriller.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

For a movie about hyper-intelligent human beings, Limitless is surprisingly sloppy and ultimately rather brainless.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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Despite some snazzy camera angles and showoff-y technique, Limitless dashes any hopes of originality when it ends up being nothing more than a cautionary tale about drug addiction

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Comments (2)
Scene-Stealers.com

not just a cool film to watch, but a cool film to see

August 23, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Bradley Cooper is his usual innocuous but personality-free, walking wallpaper self and hence not up to the challenge.

August 17, 2011 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comment (1)
TheMovieReport.com

To see the two leads face off verbally is a treat...

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

There are highs, and it may be fun for a while, but in the end it's a thudding, relentless road to nowhere.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comments (2)
Fan The Fire

Burger plunges into the material at such a headlong pace and with sufficient adrenalized style as to propel this essentially trashy thriller and distract from the abundant loose ends. [Blu-ray]

August 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

While it's not that the film-makers do an amazingly stunning job with the idea, it's perhaps more that they don't fumble it at all.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

It's not the science that's important, it's the momentum, the conceptual journey, the dynamism of the head games and chemically-enhanced battle of wits...

July 20, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com | Comment (1)
MSN.com

One complaint you cannot level at Limitless is that it is unoriginal or uncreative. In an upcoming summer of senseless sequels and repugnant remakes, Limitless-warts and all-is at least something we've never seen before.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comment (1)
BrandonFibbs.com

Begins like an update of Roger Corman's 'X - The Man with the X-Ray Eyes' but abandons its probe of the soul-sucking price of power addiction to pander to the idea that audiences demand slick fantasy-role-model heroes and happy endings.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comments (3)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Dubious values and undercooked philosophy aside, Limitless is an engaging and often good-humoured trip that moves at quite a lick and benefits from being directed with some flair.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Is Limitless a science fiction movie?

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Comments (3)
Sci-Fi Movie Page

A fun, stylistic flick that seems like something Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle would do if he wanted to make a D.A.R.E. commercial.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
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Audience Reviews for Limitless

For what's basically an "airport novel" story line without any surprising twists, there's enough action to keep the audience interested. Decent action and professionally made, earning this film a rating just slightly above average. It's worth the time if you're just looking for diversionary entertainment.
August 28, 2014
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A down at heel writer is offered a brain-enhancing drug after a chance encounter which seems to be the answer to all his problems, but soon he begins to encounter some adverse side effects that threaten his new life. I must admit, it's very refreshing to see a thriller that touts brain power rather than fire power as a solution to life's problems, and this stylish little indie-thriller initially intrigues with its fairly unique concept. Bradley Cooper convinces as both the directionless loser and suave sophisticate and Robert DeNiro provides some weighty support. It's a shame that when the real drama seems to appear (namely the worrying side effects to the drug and dilemma of financial success versus personal fulfilment) it's so quickly and easily glossed over in favour of a couple of action scenes and a generic twist. Thanks to the watchable performances and pacey direction it's always engaging however, and makes for an entertaining thriller that unlike Bradley, doesn't quite fulfil its promise.
May 29, 2014
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Outstanding delivery of a pretty neat idea. Would you take a pill that could help you use 100% of your brain power, even if it made you an addict? The excellent camera work and editing raise this premise high above average, even though the story does not always have the momentum it'd need. However, the ending is satisfying and refreshingly amoral.
August 9, 2013
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Although there is no doubting that Limitless is more outgoing than your typical thriller I still think amidst the intrigue of it's premise and the wonderfully charismatic performance of Bradley Cooper, that it suffers, contained in a way that prevents it's plot from living up to the title. Neil Burger has always produced some interesting experimental films but he makes a key tonal shift about halfway through when Robert De Niro's character appears on screen, at which point the intriguing and insightful character study into the mind of Cooper's lead gets thrown out the window never to be seen again. It's annoyingly unoriginal, in the sense it tells the story of how a down on himself yet likable character seeks to makes fortune, and eventually rises to fame after taking some form of illegal drugs. The thrills don't come often and are stretched out along generic dialogue and many needless scenes. However it has a wonderful neon lit visual style and at no point was I completely tired of it's company, but that was only due to my firm belief that Burger would get back on track instead of indulgently attempting to be more clever than was necessary. I seriously recommend the filmmakers try those revolutionary drugs, maybe they would realise what potential this truly had to offer.
March 22, 2013
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    1. Eddie Morra: I was blind but now I see.
    – Submitted by Diego P (2 years ago)
    1. Eddie Morra: [voice over] All my fear? All my shyness? Gone!
    – Submitted by Hanna K (2 years ago)
    1. 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 (2 years ago)
    1. Carl Van Loon: You know, Eddie, when you're playing at this level and you are hit by a car, you don't even die.
    – Submitted by FaceGhost N (2 years ago)
    1. Eddie Morra: [parting ways with Carl] You should really be glad about this, because you know, me working for you, you'd end up being my bitch.
    – Submitted by rick K (2 years ago)
    1. Eddie Morra: A tablet a day and I was limitless.
    – Submitted by Jason H (3 years ago)
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