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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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Paltrow's bits are among the films creepiest, since, award-winning actress that she is, she's horrifyingly convincing in the throes of advanced symptoms, as well as looking extremely dead.

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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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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

What it is, is a hypochondria-inducing thriller that will likely have you keep off the handrails as you exit the theater, head straight to the nearest Duane Reade and stockpile bulk-size surgical masks, latex gloves and hand sanitizer.

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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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Scott Weinberg

As a thriller that threatens a quick and gruesome demise behind every expended breath, Contagion does a workmanlike job.

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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