The Congress Reviews

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August 13, 2020
In its totality, this is a very uneven work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 4, 2014
It's an intensely frustrating film, one that veers between excellent and silly in the space of seconds.
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.
September 5, 2014
The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference.
September 5, 2014
It boasts big ideas that it wants us to mull over, but Folman's labyrinthine film doesn't so much discuss them in any cohesive way as much as it just points them out.
September 3, 2014
It's almost painful to watch the immense promise of "The Congress," Ari Folman's spectacularly ambitious experiment, dissipate into nothing.
August 28, 2014
"The Congress" becomes as frustrating and expensive-looking as "Cloud Atlas." Try to follow it and you may feel abandoned in a maze.
August 28, 2014
The Congress will thrill some but proves more often to be frustrating and lacking in emotion, especially when it comes to Wright. Even a sex scene feels devoid of passion.
Top Critic
August 28, 2014
While always detailed in its visual execution, each new aspect of the film's world remains conceptually hollow, growing ultimately into a Matrix-style allegory for the nature of truth ...
August 28, 2014
...The Congress falls victim to heavy-handed flip-flopping as it struggles to incorporate themes like family values and true love into a tacky Hollywood fable full of explosive action and signifying little.
August 28, 2014
It spirals into logy animated nonsense.
August 28, 2014
Long on vision but short on coherence, this live-action/animation dyad boasts a stranger kind of duality: As it unspooled, I felt I'd never seen anything quite like it before... and already I was fantasizing about a tighter, less self-serious remake.
August 28, 2014
It's a folly of the first order, but one that many people will nonetheless want to see, if only because it's so out there.
August 26, 2014
Jettisoning a connection to anything concrete, Folman, who started his career in documentaries, loses his narrative moorings.
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