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New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father's old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan's exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric's bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The rapid dialogue is dry and mannered, like a David Mamet play, there's virtually no story and Cronenberg's visual scheme is cold and claustrophobic."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The film is all too faithful to its un-cinematic source."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Quickly grows repetitive and tiresome, meandering toward messages that land softly, producing little impact."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
""Cosmopolis" is a hypnotic examination of our modern anxieties about the dehumanization brought on by wealth, power, and technology."
‑ Tim Grierson, Deadspin
"The anger over the injustice of the financial collapse and bailout is what powered the Tea Party movement as well as the Occupy Wall Street movement, and it powers this movie, too."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It feels like each and every moment bursts forth with urgent dialogue, and yet what does anyone actually say?"
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
""Cosmopolis," because of its allegiance to the book's mannered, offbeat language, feels like it never wakes up."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Cronenberg is not a director to be daunted by a scenario in which the antihero spends most of his time in a stretch limo. Turning it into a film that interests anyone ... is another matter"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"While not one of Cronenberg's stronger films, this anti-capitalist adaptation still merits attention."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"For those who like their Cronenberg thick and chewy"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"There's not really a movie there, nothing that sustains itself from scene to scene and nothing that's worth watching from beginning to end."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Poor Pattinson does the best he can. He's not terrible. But he's definitely out of his element, if not beyond his depth, an altar boy in a bishop's robes."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Cronenberg's cold, exacting precision and emotionally removed observation may not grab all viewers, but under those perfect surfaces is a raw horror trying to claw out of the denial."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Robert Pattinson works mighty hard to make Cosmopolis more than just an erudite slap at modern capitalism. The Twilight heartthrob ultimately fails to rescue a meandering story hitting stale versions of the same talking points."
‑ Christian Toto, Big Hollywood
"For better or worse - often both - Cosmopolis is a quintessential David Cronenberg film. Cosmopolis is simultaneously fascinating and impenetrable, profound and absurd, labyrinthine yet intimate."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
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