The Congress Reviews

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September 24, 2019
The Congress is part live action and part Ralph Bakshi fever dream, but all nightmare. It paints a vision of the future where individuality and anything resembling free will is supplanted by delicious chemical cocktails and a candy-coated reversal.
August 7, 2019
This is an extraordinary film, a unique film, the kind of film that reminds us of the true power of science fiction to comment on our society.
July 2, 2019
It had a lot of interesting ideas and... it's very well done but I really thought it was very self-indulgent.
May 25, 2019
Thrillingly audacious and bursting with ideas, humanity and heart.
April 3, 2019
For a film that looks at a believably nightmarish future, The Congress sits out of its time: a feverish relic of a post-revolutionary cinema of the mind.
August 21, 2018
The film then becomes philosophical posturing with dialogue that is so abstruse it is impossible to tell if they are even trying to cobble together a story.
August 7, 2018
Wright's utterly human performance...grounds the film in matters of the heart, even as the filmmaker concerns himself with tricks of the mind.
February 21, 2018
It isn't brilliant, outrageous and challenging. But it is pretty and occasionally fun. So go for the first half, then leave.
September 27, 2017
The film is a fiercely original, bold and riveting meditation on the future of the silver screen and the stars that make it shine.
August 4, 2017
In these hyper-dissociative times, [The Congress] may be just what the doctor ordered.
March 10, 2017
It flits between hallucinatory animation and 'reality', giving small moments of relief and attempting to anchor the story in a desolate Los Angeles.
July 11, 2016
Ari Folman's follow up to the impressive Waltz With Bashir is bold, daringly different and visually arresting, but it's also a bit too much.
February 14, 2015
Both sci-fi and metacinematic documentary, The Congress is a hallucinatory vision of our new wired world - and yet for all its overt artifice, it locates a sense of loss that feels all too real.
January 9, 2015
Some provocative ideas are left unfulfilled in this visually dazzling indictment of Hollywood and technology.
December 10, 2014
Folman makes one phantasmagorical leap after another, adding a live-action coda, but the visual freedom doesn't expand the story, it abandons it.
December 10, 2014
Weird sci-fi film that mixes together animation with live action.
December 4, 2014
Crucial to Folman's vision of the material is Wright's star turn, and the baggage that she brings.
December 4, 2014
It's an intensely frustrating film, one that veers between excellent and silly in the space of seconds.
December 3, 2014
The weighty ideas are welcome, but Folman dumps them on us in bucketfuls of alphabet soup.
November 30, 2014
With more disciplined writing and editing, Folman's cartoon menagerie could have resembled a masterpiece. As it stands, it's an admirable and thought-provoking failure.
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