The Congress
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In Theaters August 29 (7 days)
More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ari Folman takes a determined stride into the past with this dizzying, disjointed, always fascinating live action-animation hybrid"
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The animated dreamworld of the second half is a wonderfully colourful and bizarre place, but so confusing that it is hardly credible that consumers of the future are going to want to pay money to spend time there."
‑ Laurence Phelan, Independent
"Folman uses the live action half of his film to champion real acting over motion capture; it's almost fitting that The Congress loses our interest as soon as it drifts into the ethereal."
‑ Henry Barnes, Observer [UK]
"Nearly 30 years into her film career, Robin Wright is finally coming into her own, and it's something to see."
‑ Guy Lodge, This is London
"An alluring curio, a protest against the digital frontier which gets stuck with a knotty internal paradox ..."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Ari Folman is a filmmaker determined to make movies his own way"
‑ Jordan Hoffman,
"The psychedelic second section derails the finished product somewhat but it's never less than absorbing. Cult classics have evolved from less."
‑ Padraic McKiernan, Irish Independent
"Viewers of a certain age may feel the urge to remove a black vinyl disc from the screen, place it on the turntable and roll fragrant herbs on the brightly coloured surface."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"The humour here is dark and incisive, with an especially bold turn by Wright, who bears the brunt of some very harsh dialogue."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"The Congress hinges on big ideas, but falls apart under light scrutiny; your enjoyment of it will depend on how much you care about the actual mechanics of the world it creates."
‑ Nathanael Smith, The Skinny
"...commits to Big Ideas of identity and integrity with Robin Wright remarkably anchoring it all as, well, herself. (Sort of.)"
‑ William Goss, MSN Movies
"Fiercely original and wildly ambitious, this provocative drama is often thrilling simply because it's like nothing ever put on-screen."
‑ Rich Cline,
"A beautiful looking, occasionally brilliant, outrageously indulgent trip."
‑ Andrew Osmond, SFX Magazine
"Offers a sprawling, eye-popping psychedelic trip into the moral dilemmas of the digital age."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Epitomised by Max Richter's beautiful but humourless score, The Congress is a mess of fascinating ideas that are drawn and quartered by the emotions attached to them."
‑ David Ehrlich, Little White Lies
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