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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Leslie Dixon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 19, 2011
Box Office: $79.2M
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as Eddie Morra

as Carl Van Loon

as Melissa

as Man in Tan Coat

as Kevin Doyle

as Morris Brandt

as Valerie

as Hank Atwood

as Mrs. Atwood

as Marla Sutton

as Financial Newscaster

as Female Cop

as Female Assistant

as Dunham

as Realtor

as Tailor

as TV News Reporter

as Day Trader #1

as Day Trader #2

as Campaign Manager

as Technician

as Italian Hostess/Wait...

as Italian Hostess/Wait...

as Girl Skater

as Father Skater

as Businessman #1

as Businessman #2

as Beautiful Black Woma...

as Van Loon's Assistant

as Coffee Shop Owner

as Poker Player #1

as Poker Player #2

as Girl Passenger

as Gennady Thug

as Gennady Thug

as Gennady Blind Thug

as Friend at Beach #1

as Friend at Beach #1

as Friend at Beach #2

as Friend at Beach #3

as Friend at Beach #4

as Friend at Beach #5
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Critic Reviews for Limitless

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (41)

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014

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...

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
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

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

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

Full Review… | February 11, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Limitless


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

Super Reviewer

An interesting concept about a guy taking a drug that enables him to use 100% of his brain at all times. Nice idea which isn't really brought across fully in my opinion as the film just seems to lack a kick. The story seems to wander across a few sub plots which don't really get explained too well and I found myself asking how did that happen? when did that happen? where did he get that? and why did he do that? Too many little moments like that happen throughout.

Of course the whole idea about humans not using 100% of their brains is complete nonsense. Over the course of a day we apparently use virtually all of our brain power, not all at once of course but spread out, as one section fires up another cools down like any machine. So this fantasy is just that...a nice fantasy but a cool one.

Yes the whole plot is quite neat but made in an unoriginal way. The guy starts off as a nobody but after taking the drug he is able to cheat life and get lots of money, girls, material things and a certain amount of power. Its a basic concept that has been done before, not entirely in this way of course but its a simple rags to riches tale really, very predictable. The acting from the main cast is stellar as you would expect which in turn really makes you believe what's going down, its definitely a thrilling ride. As the film progresses it does get quite tense as Cooper runs out of drugs, he has the mob after him for more whilst De Niro wants his big money deal sorted. It does get your palms sweaty for sure, you feel the tension.

There is some interesting camera work showing the effect of the drug, from a virtually dull black and white existence before to an almost bluray sharp pixel perfect colour burst once the drug is taken. A glorious visual feast that gives you an explosive sense of being high or alive for the first time. You can feel the characters sense of invigoration and liberation upon taking the drug, when it hits. What I didn't like was as the film progresses the people that take the drug go from being sort of super intelligent to also being a little super human too. When the effects start to weaken or they need the drug in a dangerous situation they just pop a pill and bingo! they're kinda super human again. They seem to be able to fight, run, leap, practically anything really which kinda spoils to idea, it goes overboard a bit.

The ending spoils the film too as Morra (Cooper) ingests the drug in a rather stupid and unrealistic way by lapping infected blood up off the floor from a recently dispatched baddie. That really seems like a rather dodgy thing to do surely, you could pick up anything young man! Plus there are more odd questionable moments along the way with a weak finale that again leaves you thinking wut?!
What does spring to mind is if this drug is so good and controllable, why doesn't everyone, mainly Van Loon (De Niro) just take the drugs themselves instead of relying on Morra for results. Too many questions for me.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


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.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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