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.
September 5, 2014
The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference.
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
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.
August 28, 2014
Ambitiously trippy and compulsively watchable ...
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 movie is a howl of pain at the technological and corporate takeover of our fantasy lives - and, increasingly, our real lives.
August 28, 2014
It spirals into logy animated nonsense.
August 28, 2014
Busting with ideas, from ageism in Hollywood to the soullessness of digital life.
August 28, 2014
Like its actress, it's an ambitious knockout that doesn't quite live up to its potential
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.
August 26, 2014
Beyond the recurring symbol of her son's red kite, there's little to connect Wright to this hallucinogenic animated space where disgruntled citizens are free to pass as the persona of their choice.
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