Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    Briskly paced, suspenseful thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 16, 2011
    63
    This film based on Alan Glynn's novel "Dark Fields" is entirely too reliant on voice-over, a bit too tarted-up by Burger in an effort to make this head trip a visual experience.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 17, 2011
    70
    An energetic, enjoyably preposterous compound - it's a paranoid thriller blended with pseudo-neuro-science fiction and catalyzed by a jolting dose of satire.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 17, 2011
    55
    How, I'm wondering more and more often, do studios put movies like this one in front of audiences and assume they'll just buy it? The secret to making a great, or even just a good, thriller these days seems to have been lost.
  5. Reviewed by: Wade Major
    Mar 17, 2011
    40
    To his credit, director Neil Burger either doesn't realize or doesn't care that the material is hokey to the point of unintentional hilarity-if not for the film's intermittent moments of hyper-stylization and its almost crippling sense of self-importance, Limitless might have been a truly unwatchable bore rather than just annoyingly silly and tedious.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Mar 17, 2011
    80
    Some might call this movie a step backward after Burger's previous feature, the painfully honest Iraq war drama "The Lucky Ones," but as a stylish intrigue it's hard to beat.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 24, 2011
    63
    A heck of a ride. On the way to its unpredictable (if less than wholly satisfying) conclusion, it is entertaining, a little silly and visually dazzling.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Mar 21, 2011
    80
    A loopy joy from start to finish, Bradley Cooper proves that he's the real deal.
  9. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Mar 19, 2011
    88
    Add it all up, including the nifty twist at the end, and what we have here is a fun Hollywood flick with a good head on its shoulders.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 19, 2011
    50
    What would you do if you could take a pill and suddenly access 100 percent of your brain power? This is the premise behind Limitless, a sci-fi thriller that looks as if its makers utilized around 30 percent of theirs.
  11. Reviewed by: John Swansburg
    Mar 18, 2011
    50
    Limitless is frustrating, in part, because it could have been much better.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 18, 2011
    63
    Burger's film would have been better had he ended it about three minutes earlier than he does -- a move that would have given his movie at least a dash of profundity.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 18, 2011
    55
    Directed by Neil Burger, whose "The Illusionist" also pulled an upbeat coda out of a hat, Limitless is entertaining for much of its running time. It's glib, and it's overly fond of hyperdrive pans, psychedelic montages and swift rack-focus shifts.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 18, 2011
    75
    It's a wet dream for anyone who's ever dreamed of getting an edge on the information highway. The worst side effect is that you won't believe a word of the damn thing in the morning. Fair exchange.
  15. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 18, 2011
    50
    Limitless may please a few looking for a shallow fantasy thriller, but won't fire up the synapses of the intellectually demanding.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 18, 2011
    50
    Rooted in empty materialism, but it never evokes the heady rush of a guilty pleasure or the precipitous payback of a thriller.
  17. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 18, 2011
    60
    The movie looks great, never lags, and keeps us intrigued throughout. It's not until the high wears off that we realize we've just been had.
  18. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 17, 2011
    40
    Begins as pseudo-realism before descending into weird and mangled wank-job fantasy.
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 17, 2011
    63
    The movie is not terrifically good, but the premise is intriguing.
  20. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Mar 17, 2011
    50
    The story gets away from itself as it barrels forward. The tiny bit of sense it makes at the beginning is quickly sacrificed in a conclusion so facile, illogical and cheap that it could use a dose of NZT itself.
  21. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 17, 2011
    50
    Smart isn't all it's cracked up to be and soon the movie is unraveling faster than all of Eddie's grand schemes.
  22. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Mar 17, 2011
    50
    Slick and senseless.
  23. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 17, 2011
    88
    Limitless rocks.
  24. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Mar 17, 2011
    63
    Basically an addiction thriller in which the thirst is for the acquisition and execution of knowledge. So you need an actor who seems surprised by how smart he is but not afraid to be charmingly intelligent. Cooper turns out to be perfect for the part.
  25. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 17, 2011
    63
    The problem with the movie isn't the acting, it's the story, which falls considerably short of the promise of its premise. For a plot about super-intelligent people, the screenplay is surprisingly dumb.
  26. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    It's a small victory for flash in its eternal war with substance, but in this case, the flash is enough.
  27. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Mar 17, 2011
    50
    Limitless is a writer's movie by a writer, and it explores the dark side of the muse.
  28. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 17, 2011
    50
    For all its peripatetic energy, Limitless still winds up with the same-old blazing guns and wanton destruction of property. No matter how smart you may be, Hollywood will figure out a way to dumb you down.
  29. Reviewed by: Cary Darling
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    Burger has opened up what was a very interior book and injected it with a jolt of cinematic electricity. Smart move, smart movie.
  30. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    Almost all of it works as wish-fulfillment fantasy.
  31. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 16, 2011
    83
    In Limitless, a potently fanciful and fun thriller about a drug that turns you into a genius, Cooper proves a cock-of-the-walk movie star.
  32. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 16, 2011
    80
    Some of its conceits may not hold up under intense scrutiny, but, generally speaking, it's a good time at the movies.
  33. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 16, 2011
    83
    For two hours it's a fun head trip.
  34. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 15, 2011
    50
    Directed with a pulsating fervor by Neil Burger, Limitless is absurd but entertaining action-adventure escapism. Bradley Cooper is versatile and virile, and a valiant leading man.
  35. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 15, 2011
    40
    As we work our way back to that cliff-hanger of an opening, it becomes clear that the movie is no acid critique, but a hollow endorsement of high living. Guess every generation gets its "Boiler Room."
  36. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 15, 2011
    40
    Without a complex thought about narcissism, merit, or addiction, Limitless is content to be an empty, one-note, satire-free fairy tale of avarice and corporate-political ambition.
  37. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Mar 15, 2011
    50
    Limitless should be so much smarter than it is.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 353 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 108
  2. Negative: 9 out of 108
  1. Mar 19, 2011
    10
    This is a fun movie. Bradley Cooper and De Niro give great performances. An interesting story told with great fx and cinematography. Its aThis is a fun movie. Bradley Cooper and De Niro give great performances. An interesting story told with great fx and cinematography. Its a great ride. Go see. Full Review »
  2. Mar 20, 2011
    9
    Not sure how you couldn't love this dazzling ride. But maybe it's one of those I need to have ingested a psychedelic some time in one's life.Not sure how you couldn't love this dazzling ride. But maybe it's one of those I need to have ingested a psychedelic some time in one's life. Anyways The Hangover's Bradley Cooper triumphs again in this unpredictable thriller about an underground drug that happens to vastly enhance cognition. So strap in and get ready to enjoy a great, wild mind-blower, complete with Robert De Niro as an arch Wall Street villain.
    Loved it. A major wow.
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  3. Mar 27, 2011
    5
    When I first saw this film I was left with a little pit of disappointment. After patiently waiting for a month to watch, I felt that theWhen I first saw this film I was left with a little pit of disappointment. After patiently waiting for a month to watch, I felt that the pacing of the film seemed to be very uneven and that the ending had such little impact. However, after being given a chance to digest what I'd seen, this film has been able to grow on me. It feels refreshingly original and has some great visual effects, including a fraction zoom which I'm a big fan of. Some interesting characters as well. Overall, Limitless is a very good watch. Full Review »