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Limitless Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 24, 2011
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.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
March 23, 2011
It's scatty and fast paced, and director Neil Burger employs some Gaspar No-style, bad-trip CG effects to heighten the mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 21, 2011
Very limited, actually.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: C
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March 18, 2011
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 18, 2011
Limitless is limited, but intriguing nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
March 18, 2011
Limitless may not be as brainy as it would like to think it is, but it's a relatively sharp and surprisingly playful head-trip, a satisfyingly novel twist on mindless entertainment.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 18, 2011
If you want a movie with a sermon, well, look somewhere else. But if you want an adrenaline shot to the heart, look here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 18, 2011
Limitless is frustrating, in part, because it could have been much better.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 18, 2011
Occasionally skirts greatness and is definitely worth your time. But it could have been much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 18, 2011
Limitless hits you like an adrenaline rush that will have you saying, "I'll have what he's having."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 18, 2011
"Limitless" is a heck of a ride. On the way to its unpredictable (if less than wholly satisfying) conclusion, it is entertaining, a little silly and visually dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 18, 2011
"Limitless" may please a few looking for a shallow fantasy thriller, but won't fire up the synapses of the intellectually demanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 18, 2011
If you're willing to ignore the many leaps in logic, his fast-paced thriller goes down easy enough with a side of popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 18, 2011
If there were a pill that made people smarter, I'd donate an extra supply to the creators of "Limitless."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2011
"Limitless" only uses 15, maybe 20 percent of its brain. Still, that's more than a lot of movies do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 17, 2011
An energetic, enjoyably preposterous compound - it's a paranoid thriller blended with pseudo-neuro-science fiction and catalyzed by a jolting dose of satire - directed by Neil Burger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 17, 2011
Better living through chemistry is a debatable notion satirically explored in this briskly paced, suspenseful thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2011
Without much fanfare Neil Burger has emerged as one of the best suspense directors in the business.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
March 17, 2011
Limitless is an amusing, clever tale of self-actualization run amok. It's also a surprisingly effective hybrid of comedy, drama and action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 17, 2011
The visuals are giddy, illustrating Eddie's high with fun house lenses, over-exposed colors, supersonic edits -- and, when side effects kick in, dizzying flights through the streets of New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 17, 2011
Certainly there are a few times "Limitless" teeters on interesting possibilities, but it has a weird way of pulling back on its most stimulating ideas.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 17, 2011
"Limitless" misfires on any number of points; it's not a particularly smart or imaginative yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
The disappointment is that for all of the possibilities, "Limitless" never gets beyond "limited."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 2011
Limitless rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 17, 2011
Limitless' highs are sustained and visually snappy, a David Fincher-esque vision of New York conquered. But the side effects are a little troubling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 17, 2011
The movie is too chaotic to be very good. But it's fun and not stupid, which is something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 17, 2011
For a plot about super-intelligent people, the screenplay is surprisingly dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 17, 2011
Overall it's smart entertainment that even manages to make Robert De Niro, Cooper's co-star, sound fully engaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 17, 2011
It feels vapid, even when it's trying to persuade us of the nefarious significance of NZT, in large part because the screenplay is so indecisive about the impact of the drug.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 17, 2011
Cooper's an able light comic performer as well as a shrewd dramatic actor, and "Limitless" lets him run considerable distances in both directions.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 17, 2011
This movie's veneer of knowing slickness is more than canceled out by a thick, fatty layer of stupidity.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 17, 2011
For all its peripatetic energy, Limitless still winds up with the same-old blazing guns and wanton destruction of property. No matter how smart you may be, Hollywood will figure out a way to dumb you down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
March 16, 2011
Limitless delivers some pleasurable punch -- and rarely makes you feel small.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 16, 2011
Some of its conceits may not hold up under intense scrutiny, but, generally speaking, it's a good time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 16, 2011
Limitless just wants to give you a good time, and it does, yet the film leaves you wondering: Now that our world has been saturated with antidepressants, is this where big pharma strikes next?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 16, 2011
Directed with a pulsating fervor by Neil Burger, Limitless is absurd but entertaining action-adventure escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
Without a complex thought about narcissism, merit, or addiction, Limitless is content to be an empty, one-note, satire-free fairy tale of avarice and corporate-political ambition.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 15, 2011
Limitless should be so much smarter than it is.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 15, 2011
[A] propulsive, unexpectedly funny thriller.