Contagion

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 9, 2011
    50
    Plays less like a conventional medical thriller - think "Outbreak" - than like a dramatic reading of a "Nova" episode, performed by Hollywood's elite.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 4, 2011
    50
    Without fully rounded characters, it's hard to care who lives or dies in what amounts to an extended procedural on how disease prevention organizations might respond to such a scenario.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 8, 2011
    40
    There's a sense of dread in Contagion, but it never spreads to us. When Day 1 is finally shown, it makes you want to eat better, which isn't the same as saying this is a great movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 8, 2011
    40
    Contagion is certainly the most realistic portrayal of a global pandemic I've seen, but that doesn't make it the most entertaining, or even all that intellectually interesting.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 416 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 143
  2. Negative: 31 out of 143
  1. Oct 1, 2011
    5
    Totally average in every way. No character development whatsoever. The most developed character in this film was "the government", and youTotally average in every way. No character development whatsoever. The most developed character in this film was "the government", and you know they are always the bad guy. And that whole thing with Lawrence Fishburn made no sense whatsoever. It's like they may have had something in the first cut, but then they had to cut the movie down to 2 hours. As a result, the audience was left with nothing to attach itself to, except the virus. Full Review »
  2. Sep 19, 2011
    5
    A real disappointment, given a good director and such a good cast. Just very mediocre all the way around, starting with a premise that hisA real disappointment, given a good director and such a good cast. Just very mediocre all the way around, starting with a premise that his been done before (Outbreak, The Andromeda Strain), but those films showed more imagination and established more compelling relationships between the characters. It's good filmmaking, but not a great story. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2011
    2
    This is a sorry excuse for a movie. There is no character development whatsoever and other than people dying from an unexplained virus thereThis is a sorry excuse for a movie. There is no character development whatsoever and other than people dying from an unexplained virus there is nothing much going on. There are more plot holes that Carter has little liver pills. There isn't one character in this movie that you even remotely care about it. The Government is always the bad guy no matter what. Matt Damon the star picked up a nice check but exactly for what I have no idea. If anyone can tell my his job occupation I sure would like to know. Full Review »