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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Contagion is the best movie made to date about an epidemic/pandemic."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This high-stakes drama is infected with too many characters and a silly subplot."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"What we end up with is a film that is not particularly bad, just one that seemed unnecessary since it's a story we've already seen many times before."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Before Contagion is anything else, it's a master class in filmmaking - shooting, editing, making a movie move."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"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."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This is a movie that will pound your pulse without having a pulse itself. It's quite proud of it."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Contagion may be a case of feverishly good filmmaking (and an excellent, if slightly more high brow, addition to the disaster movie genre), but ultimately it will leave you with little besides an admiration for Soderbergh's artistry."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"Soderbergh's detachment actually creates an effective air of understatement when working in tandem with the contrasting warmth and commitment of his cast."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Contagion is compelling."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The film resembles its viral subject a little too closely: an intricate, formidable mechanism with no evident purpose."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
""As slick and polished as this "real" version of "28 Days Later" is, it's an utterly heartless affair.""
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"A drama of this magnitude deserves memorable, nuanced characters. [But] as a reminder that a single gust of panic can bring down civilization like a house of cards, it works."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Filmwell
"If you're a hypochondriac or paranoid (or both), don't watch this film."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
More reviews for Contagion on Rotten Tomatoes

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