Contagion Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
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+
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
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
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
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
September 9, 2011
The whole thing feels maddeningly incomplete. We get only the sketchiest of characters. (Parental Movie Review also available)
Eleanor McKeown
Electric Sheep
October 21, 2011
There is only one voice in Contagion and it is a rather empty one.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 9, 2011
Steven Soderbergh​'s viral "who brung it" is a mostly style-over-substance affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 9, 2011
Contagion keeps us at a distance: Rarely has the death of millions seemed so inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
October 16, 2011
Plays like a humorless send-up of all-star disaster pictures
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
September 7, 2011
Chilly, but not chilling, Steven Soderbergh's story of a worldwide pandemic is oddly antiseptic.
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
September 8, 2011
I didn't care about any of the characters, especially happy-go-lucky Patient Zero.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 9, 2011
Contagion is just about as exciting as your last inoculation but makes less sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 16, 2011
Gets off to a very strong start, but eventually gets bogged down in questionable plotting and weak characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 20, 2011
Think of Wolfgang Petersen's magnificently entertaining 1995 virus-on-the-rampage adventure Outbreak, take out the drama, excitement and involving characters, and that's Contagion in a nutshell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 8, 2011
Star-studded and well-directed pandemic story that offers style at the expense of thrills, any emotional connection, and at times, logic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rebecca Murray
About.com
September 11, 2011
With so many tales to tell, Contagion just can't possibly deliver on every one of its promises.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 5, 2011
[VIDEO] ... there's nothing here to make you feel like you've had a meaningful cinematic experience. What a waste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 9, 2011
It's hard to know just what director Steven Soderbergh was thinking in making Contagion. The movie, about the outbreak of a mysterious and deadly new disease, feels oddly mistimed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 10, 2011
...only a few of the stories compel and even the reliable Matt Damon fails to make a strong impression. "Contagion" is an OK medical thriller, but there's something off about it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 11, 2011
'Contagion' is an ambitious and well-meaning film. However, despite some fine performances, it fails to deliver the type of thrills and suspense promised in those exciting previews.
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