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Contagion Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 18, 2011
Adopting a clean, chronological and punchy approach, Soderbergh holds a steady eye on panic and chaos. It's a disaster movie with a brain and conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
September 30, 2011
If you're looking for some kind of poetry-some exalted dramatic arc that lifts this narrative out of the ordinary-you won't find it here. Contagion is...gripping from start to finish.
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 13, 2011
The presence of movie stars helps: their authority is part of what keeps us fascinated by the gruesome fable, juicing it a bit, so that we can actually enjoy it.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 11, 2011
Contagion is compelling.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 10, 2011
Contagion is the best movie made to date about an epidemic/pandemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 9, 2011
Along with the stars, Contagion has plenty of scares, though in contrast to Matt Damon and Kate Winslet, they're things you encounter every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
September 9, 2011
The film resembles its viral subject a little too closely: an intricate, formidable mechanism with no evident purpose.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 9, 2011
Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, written by Scott Burns, begins on a state of high alert and stays there for the rest of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 9, 2011
[A] curiously inert new thriller from Steven Soderbergh.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 9, 2011
Contagion could have been a blood-curdling scream; instead it comes off as Soderbergh's star-powered science project.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 9, 2011
It's the dark comic moments and the film's sci-fi, B-movie, race-to-develop-a-vaccine subplot that prevent Contagion from being a gloomy two hours in the dark. That and Soderbergh's delight in characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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September 9, 2011
If Contagion is a "horror movie," as Soderbergh has described it, then you can think of it as the most believable zombie movie ever made.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 9, 2011
Decent, but not completely viral.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 9, 2011
If this is an action-thriller, it's one that makes med school look sexier than the Marines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 9, 2011
The rush of A-listers combined with apocalyptic dread creates its own kind of dizzy pleasure: Who's going down next on this Poseidon Adventure?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 9, 2011
Contagion may be the most expensive public-service ad ever filmed, but it's also a surprisingly light-on-its-feet action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
September 9, 2011
[An] intellectually stimulating new drama about the terrifyingly rapid spread of a lethal virus.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 9, 2011
Takes great pains to present its situations realistically, and includes a lot of intelligent speculation about what sort of political, economic and ethical questions would be raised by such a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 9, 2011
Sobering reality for our interconnected world.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 8, 2011
Contagion is more unsettling than 1995's Outbreak or the disaster movies of the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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September 8, 2011
The most terrifying aspect of Contagion, ultimately, is the plausibility of its premise. Meticulous and low-key, the film reminds us that disaster lies in the most mundane interactions.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 8, 2011
Delivers the gripping, tick-tock tale of an epidemic that threatens to destroy civilization, but presents it virtually without comment.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 8, 2011
Though modern in its style and gloss, Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" has the feeling - the welcome feeling - of one of those epic disaster movies from the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 8, 2011
I couldn't look away, and neither did I touch my face with my hands.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 8, 2011
As ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 8, 2011
By the time this globe-hopping, movie-star-crammed disaster saga - directed with petrifying efficiency by Steven Soderbergh - comes full circle, you'll never want to touch a subway pole or elevator button or ATM again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 8, 2011
All this germ procedural offers is the sight of people behaving badly, willing to do their worst to get first dibs on a vaccine. Sadly, that's no surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 8, 2011
Soderbergh himself has modestly likened "Contagion" to a '70s-style, star-driven disaster film. But it's smarter than that, and a lot closer to medical thrillers like "The Andromeda Strain."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2011
This may not fit any conventional definition of entertainment, but it certainly keeps your eyes on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 8, 2011
"Contagion" will do for hand sanitizer what "Jaws" did for shark repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 8, 2011
Big ideas and small-mindedness threaten to turn "Contagion'' into unwieldy world-affairs and family-values allegories, but Soderbergh and Burns are moving too fast to think.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 8, 2011
"Contagion" is a thoughtful, provocative and ultimately chilling film.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2011
The result is not quite medicine and not quite cotton candy. But it works. It's made for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 8, 2011
Soderbergh places a queasy emphasis on the way the things that make the world we live in smaller make us that much more vulnerable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 8, 2011
While the movie is undeniably riveting, it's a little too precisely engineered and emotionally detached for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 8, 2011
"Contagion" deserves praise for taking the scientific method seriously when so much hogwash is floated about regarding vaccines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 7, 2011
"Contagion" is a brilliantly executed disease outbreak movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5.0
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 7, 2011
Soderbergh knows exactly how to dredge up the dread, showing us in several scenes the many things we touch - including our own faces, noses and mouths - during the course of a day and the dangers they contain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 7, 2011
Telling a complex story in a coherent narrative arc has never been one of Mr. Soderbergh's strengths, and chronicling the day-by-day panic of a killer virus jumps all over the place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 7, 2011
Soderbergh takes us from suburban living rooms to labs at the Centers for Disease Control to remote Asian villages with equally clear-eyed realism.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
September 6, 2011
If Contagion truly is the first leg of Soderbergh's retirement victory lap, this harrowing film is a potent reminder of what we stand to lose.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 6, 2011
Without fully rounded characters, it's hard to care who lives or dies in what amounts to an extended procedural on how disease prevention orgs might respond to such a scenario.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 6, 2011
For a good hour, a very good first hour, the film efficiently accumulates small, terrifying incidents and images.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
September 6, 2011
Though far from a likeable movie, Contagion is admirable as a highly controlled, verging-on-Kubrickian exercise in directorial vision and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 5, 2011
The pressure cooker plot calls for intense performances all around but first among equals are Winslet and Ehle.