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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-fueledOut-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: 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. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2013
    9
    One of the best movie i ever seen. Great story, great actors and great production. Hope they make Limitless 2 because the story is very greatOne of the best movie i ever seen. Great story, great actors and great production. Hope they make Limitless 2 because the story is very great and De Niro was brilliant like usually... Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2011
    8
    "Sharp , great dialouge , and a nice and steady pace , Limitless is a breath of fresh air in a year where movies have not been there best. Its"Sharp , great dialouge , and a nice and steady pace , Limitless is a breath of fresh air in a year where movies have not been there best. Its simplistic , smart , and very well done and boasts one of Bradley Coopers best performances .. a nice surprise" .. B+ Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2011
    7
    Enjoyable and Something New ...'Limitless' has these both ! Cooper is really a good actor . & he actually is perfect for this movie . StoryEnjoyable and Something New ...'Limitless' has these both ! Cooper is really a good actor . & he actually is perfect for this movie . Story was good . Its New that's we all like . But ending could be better was wasn't bad ! Not De Niro seems a bit off ! other then that good film .

    Story : 1.62 [Good , new and enjoyable]
    Directing : 1.42 [Could make it more better]
    Acting : 1.62 [Amazing De Cooper]
    Sound : 1.3 [Was OK]
    Edit & Effect : 1.4 [Was OK]

    OVERALL : 7.3/10
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  5. Mar 22, 2015
    6
    Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper – The Hangover) is a deadbeat writer. His flat is a mess, the rent’s overdue, his girlfriend has given him theEddie Morra (Bradley Cooper – The Hangover) is a deadbeat writer. His flat is a mess, the rent’s overdue, his girlfriend has given him the boot, his publisher is running out of patience and his hair is all straggly looking. But no wonder he’s having such difficulties, like the rest of us buffoons, the buffoon is only using 20% of his brain. Luckily he bumps into his ex brother in law Vernon (Johnny Whitworth – CSI Miami) who has moved on from illegal drug-dealing to illegal pharmaceutical-dealing. Vernon gives Eddie a pill of a drug in development known as MDT that will allow him to use the other 80%. What would a man who could use 100% of his brain be like? What would he do with his enormous mind?

    He would get a haircut, figure out how to make loads of money on the stock market, talk his way into the beds of many women and generally be an arrogant so and so. Of course he would. I found that to be a disappointing premise for what a Mr 100% would do with his powers, but perhaps it’s a true and painful insight into the male psyche that all a Limitless man would do is the same as his limited brothers, just more so. You, man out there, hear this: no matter how much of your potential you unlock, you will always at heart be a vain and cruel beast, furthering your own base self-interest at all costs, seeking to dominate your peers and squirt your seed into as many women as you can.

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  6. Mar 21, 2011
    6
    Bradley Cooper plays a New York writer who can't writeâ
  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 theLimitless 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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