The Congress Reviews

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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.
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
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 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.
September 4, 2014
Folman has so much to say, and he does it in ways that are smart and beautiful, creating a work that evokes intense emotions that are, at times, difficult to define.
September 4, 2014
An acquired taste, this dense Jabberwocky-ish word salad is a political allegory about a populace that's been pharmaceutically duped into believing its wretched world is wonderful.
September 4, 2014
A half-live-action, half-animated headtrip that throws Robin Wright into a dizzying showbiz paradigm shift.
September 3, 2014
A dystopian blend of live-action and animation that acidly comments on some of Hollywood's touchiest issues before drifting off into an existential fog.
September 3, 2014
It's almost painful to watch the immense promise of "The Congress," Ari Folman's spectacularly ambitious experiment, dissipate into nothing.
September 2, 2014
It's like Folman took several different genres-Hollywood satire, speculative dystopian fiction, family melodrama-and fused them into something amorphous and nebulous.
August 29, 2014
"The Congress" is a roll call of the orgiastic pleasures and bountiful comforts that art provides, and, a reminder of what waits for us when we leave the theater.
August 29, 2014
...flirts with greatness, even if it doesn't quite attain it.
August 29, 2014
There's something to be said for a movie that manages to baffle and dazzle in equal measure. If Daffy Duck had taken up political and media theory, his brain might look like this.
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