Contagion (2011)

Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 9, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tense, tightly plotted, and bolstered by a stellar cast, Contagion is an exceptionally smart -- and scary -- disaster movie.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Adopting a clean, chronological and punchy approach, Soderbergh holds a steady eye on panic and chaos. It's a disaster movie with a brain and conscience.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Contagion is compelling.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Among the reasons Soderbergh is one of the most vital moviemakers of his generation is that he's so quick to work in different situations. I respect this latest test; in large part, I enjoyed it.

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Leonard Maltin

If you're looking for some kind of poetry-some exalted dramatic arc that lifts this narrative out of the ordinary-you won't find it here. Contagion is...gripping from start to finish.

James Berardinelli

Contagion is the best movie made to date about an epidemic/pandemic.

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Sarah Marrs

It's thought provoking-we should all be more circumspect with our hygiene-and it's a realistic look at what would happen if such a viral outbreak occurred...

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David Denby
New Yorker

The presence of movie stars helps: their authority is part of what keeps us fascinated by the gruesome fable, juicing it a bit, so that we can actually enjoy it.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Along with the stars, Contagion has plenty of scares, though in contrast to Matt Damon and Kate Winslet, they're things you encounter every day.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

A bit of a mixed bag at times, its overall well developed character sketches and good performances will certainly keep the attention of moviegoers and no doubt increase DVD sales (as well as, perhaps, sales of Purell).

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A global outbreak of some virus scares the bejesus out of the world. A bevy of movie stars are concerned about it in one way or the other. Whether or not we… More
Wildaly M
A great film and a great cast. I was very pleased with the plot. The suspense was brilliant and all the performances were excellent. I suppose that there was… More
Carlos Magalhães
A viral epidemic on a worldwide scale is not an original concept but it is nice to see how the film focuses on the search for a cure and the politics involved -… More
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Phil Hubbs
More of a serious and adult version of 'Outbreak' really, minus all the glossy Hollywood action and over the top acting from a certain Mr Gooding and… More
Chris Weber
Featuring an all star cast who give some really solid performances, this is a very sharp, realistic, intense, medical thriller epidemic film from acclaimed… More