The Congress
The Congress (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 2, 2014
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Congress rises on the strength of Robin Wright's powerful performance, with enough ambitious storytelling and technical thrills to overcome its somewhat messy structure.

David Denby
New Yorker

The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Anton Bitel
FilmLand Empire

Both sci-fi and metacinematic documentary, The Congress is a hallucinatory vision of our new wired world - and yet for all its overt artifice, it locates a sense of loss that feels all too real.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

It's almost painful to watch the immense promise of "The Congress," Ari Folman's spectacularly ambitious experiment, dissipate into nothing.

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Todd Jorgenson

Some provocative ideas are left unfulfilled in this visually dazzling indictment of Hollywood and technology.

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe

A half-live-action, half-animated headtrip that throws Robin Wright into a dizzying showbiz paradigm shift.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

It's like Folman took several different genres-Hollywood satire, speculative dystopian fiction, family melodrama-and fused them into something amorphous and nebulous.

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Craig Mathieson
The Age (Australia)

Folman makes one phantasmagorical leap after another, adding a live-action coda, but the visual freedom doesn't expand the story, it abandons it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It may feel disjointed to some viewers as it did to me when I first saw it, but I was wrong; in fact, this is a beautiful film that has Robin Wright in a… More
Glenn Gaylord
Maddeningly pretentious at times yet artistically daring, THE CONGRESS is sure to divide audiences due to its strange tonal approach, but nobody can deny that… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Jeff: Once we've scanned you, there's no going back. I saw writer/director's Ari Folman's 2008 film Waltz with Bashir and was very… More
Alec Barniskis
The film has some great and original concepts about the future of imagery and society but doesn't really develop them or the characters clearly enough . .… More
Walter M.
In "The Congress," the actress Robin Wright lives on the edge of nowhere and an airport with her two teenaged children, Sarah(Sami Gayle) and… More