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  • Summary: Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra's rejection by girlfriend Lindy confirms his belief that he has zero future. That all vanishes the day an old friend introduces Eddie to MDT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident than any man alive. Now on an MDT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddie's read, heard or seen is instantly organized and available to him. As the former nobody rises to the top of the financial world, he draws the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon, who sees this enhanced version of Eddie as the tool to make billions. But brutal side effects jeopardize his meteoric ascent. With a dwindling stash and hit men who will eliminate him to get the MDT, Eddie must stay wired long enough to elude capture and fulfill his destiny. If he can't, he will become just another victim who thought he'd found invincibility in a bottle. (Relativity Media)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Mar 21, 2011
    80
    A loopy joy from start to finish, Bradley Cooper proves that he's the real deal.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    Briskly paced, suspenseful thriller.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 103
  2. Negative: 9 out of 103
  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 a great ride. Go see. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2011
    9
    Limitless is a fairly gripping thriller. What does this pill do? Doesn't it have everybody's minds racing after watching this movie? Very original film that doesn't have to rely on trends in the movie biz. Cooper is the outright best actor for this thriller. Rough around the edges but smooth, suave and articulate when need be. There is a bone to pick with this movie... the end is unsettling and somewhat disappointing. In fact, when I watch it, I literally sat there thinking, "Really. THIS is how they end this great movie?!?!" All but the ending was incredible. 9/10 Expand
  3. May 29, 2011
    8
    Cooper is very convincing in this role, proving he is a versatile actor. From struggling writer to junkie to successful businessman - he plays them all. Would happily recommend this movie. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2011
    7
    Une base scénaristique tout simplement géniale, au point de vouloir tester nous même les effets de cette pillule. Avec une telle interprétation (Bradley Cooper et Robert De Niro en tête) et une mise en scène ingénieuse (comme si on subissait les effets de la drogue), le film se laisse voir sans déplaisir. Il est quand même dommage que le sujet soit traîté à fond, se préoccupant plus des situations du héros (ça peut commencer à lasser), orientant le film plus vers la comédie que vers le thriller. Sympathique, mais un peu plus de sérieux n'aurait pas été de refus. Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What do you get when you take an original, novel-inspired premise that has "Limitless" potential and injest it with Hollywood flair? A film engaging enough to make you think differently; atleast until you leave the theater. The popcorn thriller delivers, but not to the level it could have. "Limitless" is a film that falls into the unfortunate trap of overcomplexity. With this entrenching influence, comes gaping flaws. Before we examine such flaws, let's start with what we see on the surface. We are introduced to a charming, amiable protagonist in Cooper, who the viewer, can easily take an affinity towards. He is the vehicle for the film's effectiveness. In his role, Cooper is the "face" of the film's every expression, where we see and feel Morra's dissatisfaction with the status quo, and the urgency to make something of ourselves. This connection between character and self will "do" it for some, but that is just the start. Next is the visuals. Once we are embraced by the presence of NZT-48, the filmmakers' efforts to illustrate the endless capabilities of the drug is impressive to say the least. The world becomes bright, the scenery all makes sense, the sounds more resonant, and life's once grim lenses are now pure as ever. You throw in a couple notable supporters, (Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro) and you have yourself a pretty enjoyable trip to the theaters, right? Perhaps, for some. This is my problem with "Limitless." Once you make your way past the topical layers of the film, (cast, fast pace, visual effects) which are done tediously, there isn't any substance left, and to fill up time, the filmmakers are forced to add unneeded "fluff" that strays from the effectiveness of the film as in the protagonist's moral and internal struggle to weigh the consequences of power, and a desire to revert to "normal life" and make something of himself naturally. This is almost entirely neglected after the premise, where Hollywood's true colors are readily shown. Here is where I begin to lose the direction of the film. Cooper's girlfriend has clearly left him in the beginning of the film, but comes back to him on a whim once he has taken the drug. Now it seems that a drug, said to allow use to use 100 % of your brain has the power to attract and give of pheremones? Interesting, yet silly. What else is ludicrous is the seeminly unlimited supply of the drug. When Morra's ex-brother-in-law dies he finds one bag of pills, yet it seems another two or three bags are spawned over the course of the film. One of the most moronic of all plot flaws is the unnecessary involvement with the Russian loan-shark. Now, if you had the brilliance of Morra and had earned large sums of money in the stock market (which seems a bit unrealistically whimsical as well) where is the logical practicality in borrowing $100,000, and even so, when he had come out on top of the investment ($2.5 million), why would he fail to pay back the amount. The loan-shark's usage of NZT also has little to offer to the film's direction. Recalling instruction on "how" to fight as in the subway, also seems "far-fetched" when taking into account the pill's function: using all one's brain-not muscle memory. Other instances of absurdity take flight when Morra's girlfriend runs across an ice-rink (in shoes-across ice...) and picks up a child while having the strength and reaction (not traits of the drug) to lift a child up and manuever the blade of a skate flawlessly into the path of an intruder. The film's last 10-15 minutes is what really drove me over the edge of sanity. Where does drinking one's blood become a key to safety in suspense? Now granted it is unique, the logic seems suspect. Just when you thought "Twilight" Series couldn't be more of a pop-culture hit....Aside from the many other plot holes and moral ambiguity, "Limitless" is a fun roller-coaster, thriller of a ride that will make you think......only after the credits have rolled. Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2011
    6
    You get to be the smartest guy on the planet and all you want to do is make money? A great premise ruined by Hollywood's catering to the average movie goer. There's a Jekyll and Hyde quality to the movie but it squanders opportunites to really imagine what a super smart guy might get up to. In the end he's going to be POTUS, when he'd be better off hob nobbing with Buffet and Gates and helping the world. Then study epigenetcis and cure diseases, predict health trends. Crank up green energy sources. All this guy does is go back to an old girlfriend, who would now be oh so boring! And if I had bad guys chasing me I'd now how to make them dissappear. Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2013
    0
    Limitless may not be the worst film of all-time, but it certainly tries to be. All with the air of seriousness, this movie has one of the stupidest plots I have ever seen, absolutely terrible acting, annoying narration that only makes me hate the protagonist, and a theme that seems to encourage being a terrible human being. This was not a movie to give a happy ending to. This was a movie that should have ended before it put a stain on the careers of everyone involved. Expand

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