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Contagion Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
July 15, 2016
Paltrow's bits are among the films creepiest, since, award-winning actress that she is, she's horrifyingly convincing in the throes of advanced symptoms, as well as looking extremely dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
What it is, is a hypochondria-inducing thriller that will likely have you keep off the handrails as you exit the theater, head straight to the nearest Duane Reade and stockpile bulk-size surgical masks, latex gloves and hand sanitizer.
Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
As a thriller that threatens a quick and gruesome demise behind every expended breath, Contagion does a workmanlike job.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This high-stakes drama is infected with too many characters and a silly subplot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
This is a movie that will pound your pulse without having a pulse itself. It's quite proud of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 9, 2013
"As slick and polished as this "real" version of "28 Days Later" is, it's an utterly heartless affair."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Beck
September 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Contagion may be a case of feverishly good filmmaking (and an excellent, if slightly more high brow, addition to the disaster movie genre), but ultimately it will leave you with little besides an admiration for Soderbergh's artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
June 15, 2012
A drama of this magnitude deserves memorable, nuanced characters. [But] as a reminder that a single gust of panic can bring down civilization like a house of cards, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Gonsalves
April 30, 2012
Before Contagion is anything else, it's a master class in filmmaking - shooting, editing, making a movie move.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
April 6, 2012
Soderbergh's detachment actually creates an effective air of understatement when working in tandem with the contrasting warmth and commitment of his cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 28, 2012
If you're a hypochondriac or paranoid (or both), don't watch this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
A bit emotionless and clinical, but Contagion is a pretty spot-on blow-by-blow of what it would be like if a real viral epidemic were to break out.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 25, 2012
The fiercely intelligent Contagion outdoes its genre competition precisely because it doesn't dumb itself down for our sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jordan Hiller
January 20, 2012
Soderbergh, who is as skilled as they come at uplifting routine templates, gives the infection movie über-A-list treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Monica Castillo
Dig Boston
January 9, 2012
As disaster celeb-loaded disaster movies go, it could have been a lot worse.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 7, 2012
At the heart of Contagion is the fear of a disease that can send the world into anarchy, a scenario which seems extreme but is actually dangerously realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 31, 2011
A first-rate cast, excellent acting, and a reasonably taut pace help a somewhat lackluster and sometimes melodramatic story line over its more-predictable soft spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
December 30, 2011
No one becomes a zombie as in 28 Days Later but the trajectory here is about the same and 10 times more frightening because of its true-to-life, very probable scenario.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 29, 2011
A supercharged cross between an episode of CSI and a World Health Organization infographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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