The Congress Reviews

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August 14, 2020
...gloriously gonzo.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 3, 2014
The weighty ideas are welcome, but Folman dumps them on us in bucketfuls of alphabet soup.
October 31, 2014
A one-of-a-kind vision of the way we live now and a warning shot across the bow of a society slowly submerging itself in technology.
October 10, 2014
The Congress loses direction when it becomes an animation ( ... ) Israeli director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) at least delivers a unique take on an industry that's not always this keen to be so introspective.
September 11, 2014
While it's certainly a great if wildly inconclusive work of style, [Robin] Wright always pulls it back to being, ultimately, about what human beings feel.
September 9, 2014
A great cast gives it their all but are sampled one time too many by Ari Folman's sci-fi monster.
September 9, 2014
One of the oddest movies about movies in a long time.
September 5, 2014
It's a drama, it's a cartoon. It's playful and sad, satirical and moving. All these things and a chaotic visual feast as well.
September 5, 2014
The film begins a stinging critique of Hollywood's less admirable qualities ... It becomes a lament for humanity's inability to deal with the hardships of life and the world.
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