The Congress
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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: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"A great cast gives it their all but are sampled one time too many by Ari Folman's sci-fi monster."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"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."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"It's almost painful to watch the immense promise of "The Congress," Ari Folman's spectacularly ambitious experiment, dissipate into nothing."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"One of the oddest movies about movies in a long time."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"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."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"A half-live-action, half-animated headtrip that throws Robin Wright into a dizzying showbiz paradigm shift."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"It's like Folman took several different genres-Hollywood satire, speculative dystopian fiction, family melodrama-and fused them into something amorphous and nebulous."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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."
‑ Anders Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune
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