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Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro),who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You could pick the script apart for impossibilities. But why bother? It's much more enjoyable to shut your brain off and have a good time."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"What would you do if you could take a pill and suddenly access 100 percent of your brain power? This is the premise behind Limitless, a sci-fi thriller that looks as if its makers utilized around 30 percent of theirs."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Let's describe Neil Burger's latest as director "Abraham Polonsky's 'The Matrix.'" It's a hyper-local amped-up Manhattan melodrama that pulses through one man's mind, one user's bloodstream."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Relationships are shortchanged and this brisk, fantastical tale fails to find any emotional traction."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"For a movie about hyper-intelligent human beings, Limitless is surprisingly sloppy and ultimately rather brainless."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"It's scatty and fast paced, and director Neil Burger employs some Gaspar No-style, bad-trip CG effects to heighten the mood."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"The filmmakers doesn't sweat the fact that Eddie is a chemically enhanced fraud. What scares them is any possibility of alienating the movie's target audience with a downer ending."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Paradoxically absorbing, yet cliched and empty, this power-based New York story is a bit of an entertaining thrill ride, probably far more popcorn-engrossing than it deserves to be..."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"While it does have some entertaining moments and other moments where possibilities rear their heads, it never quite lives up to the premise."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Despite some snazzy camera angles and showoff-y technique, Limitless dashes any hopes of originality when it ends up being nothing more than a cautionary tale about drug addiction"
‑ Eric Melin,
"Very limited, actually."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Add it all up, including the nifty twist at the end, and what we have here is a fun Hollywood flick with a good head on its shoulders."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Limitless brings the seduction of self-enhancement to your local cineplex in a witty package that's pretty enough to keep you intrigued"
‑ Billy Tatum, We Got This Covered
"An enjoyable film that tries to move beyond the standard thriller."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"not just a cool film to watch, but a cool film to see"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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