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.

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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 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) Relativity
PG-13 (for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Bradley Cooper
as Eddie Morra
Robert De Niro
as Carl Van Loon
Andrew Howard
as Gennady
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
Rebecca Dayan
as Herself
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
Luisina Quarleri
as Italian Hostess/Waitress
Lusina Quarleri
as Italian Hostess/Waitress
Piper Brown
as Girl Skater
Simon MacLean
as Father Skater
Saxon Palmer
as Businessman #1
Stephen Sable
as Businessman #2
Caroline Maria Winberg
as Maria Winberg
Damaris Lewis
as Beautiful Black Woman
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 Fernandez
as Gennady Thug
Eddie J. 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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Critic Reviews for Limitless

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (41)

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Associated Press
Top Critic

It's scatty and fast paced, and director Neil Burger employs some Gaspar Noé-style, bad-trip CG effects to heighten the mood.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Very limited, actually.

March 20, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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
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
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
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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