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: August 29, 2014
DVD 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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Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

The film is a fiercely original, bold and riveting meditation on the future of the silver screen and the stars that make it shine.

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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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Lisa Rosman

In these hyper-dissociative times, [The Congress] may be just what the doctor ordered.

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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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Alex Casey

It flits between hallucinatory animation and 'reality', giving small moments of relief and attempting to anchor the story in a desolate Los Angeles.

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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
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
_kelly .King
A totally unique piece that capitalizes on an extensive history of scifi staples, including the book it's based on. This is a perfect film for cinephiles… 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
Robert Brogan
The Congress strikes me as a film that may well gain an appreciation in years to come. One can tell that a high level of competence and creative ambition went… More