The Congress

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Aug 25, 2014
    60
    [Folman's] film is an alluring curio, a protest against the digital frontier which gets stuck with a knotty internal paradox – it starts out as thoroughly its own experiment, and ends up like a counterfeit of too many others.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Aug 13, 2014
    60
    Folman’s vision is just too personal and obtuse, and the result can feel rather like watching someone else drop acid, enjoying their giddy descriptions of all the pretty colours but unable to fully engage.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Aug 11, 2014
    60
    A fascinating and visually impressive intellectual helter-skelter ride, but the lack of narrative coherence lets down its promising sci-fi concepts and satire.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 14, 2014
    60
    Too much of Ari Folman’s half-animated science-fiction feature The Congress feels just a bit off—but every now and then, the concept, the performances, and Folman’s visual flair combine to produce something extraordinary.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 22, 2013
    60
    Ambition markedly outstrips achievement in The Congress, a visionary piece of speculative fiction that drops the ball after a fine set-up.
  6. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    May 22, 2013
    60
    The Congress contains tricks aplenty and ideas in abundance. The problem comes in herding these scattered, floating elements towards a satisfying whole.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Sep 5, 2014
    50
    It’s fascinating and boring, intriguing and exasperating, but ultimately it felt like a jambalaya of ideas that didn’t quite mesh into a satisfying experience.
  8. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Aug 28, 2014
    50
    Ari Folman's meta-commentary on Hollywood in the soulless digital age starts off promisingly, like a Charlie Kaufman mind scrambler. But then it spirals into logy animated nonsense.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 27, 2014
    50
    It’s a folly of the first order, but one that many people will nonetheless want to see, if only because it’s so out there.
  10. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Aug 27, 2014
    50
    Wright is terrific – sensitive and alert – in the live-action opening. But that opening runs more than 45 minutes long, a way too heavy-handed preamble to the crazed animation to come, and the actress’ vocal delivery – soft-spoken, gently bewildered – is too soporific to pull off lines like, “Look at me, I’m your prophet of doom.”
  11. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Aug 24, 2014
    50
    The film lacks the manic fly-by-night invention of, say, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, or even the ripe erotic ambiguity of something like Avatar.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 5, 2014
    40
    On the one hand, there's a thrill in such experimentalism. On the other, it doesn't always deliver a fully satisfying moviegoing experience.
  13. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 4, 2014
    40
    It’s almost painful to watch the immense promise of The Congress, Ari Folman’s spectacularly ambitious experiment, dissipate into nothing.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 22, 2013
    40
    Apart from its general knock against ageism in Hollywood, The Congress doesn’t have much insight to offer on the subject.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 24, 2015
    8
    The world is changing very fast. Are you ready to sail along...?

    An Israel-French co-productioned English language movie. The movie was
    The world is changing very fast. Are you ready to sail along...?

    An Israel-French co-productioned English language movie. The movie was both live action and animation which divides into two equal parts in the 2 hour movie. The movie chronicles the tale of an actress who travels different medium of the world during her second half of the life. The actress role was played by Robin Wright as herself.

    Actually, it was better than I expected. It opens with a plain drama about a middle aged actress who suffers from the lack of offers to play in the movies. She has to agree with whatever the proposal comes her way for the sake of the future of her career. And that is the end of live action, then the screenplay begins to turn into an animation which illustrated similar to the movie 'Inception'. In a dream like world, everything can be possible with a creative mind. After becoming old the actress sails into the cartoon world for some reason, but meets a guy in a chaos created by the rebels. What follows next is possibly driven to the confusion between reality and the fictional world.

    In the history of world cinema there are plenty of movies we can find where live action and animation collides. This movie was such a concept with extraordinary flavours. Some people did not like the movie mainly for the style of animations that rendered in it, but I was pleased. They did not go for 3D animation, for cast and storyline like this it would have cost a lot which won't earn back in the distribution market. The whole movie to present in live action, people would have complained about copying the idea of 'Inception'. So I feel as it is, it was so cool and clever. You should understand it properly to get the point of the movie the writer and director trying to say. Veritably, it was a fine adaptation from a novel by the visionary sci-fi writer.
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  2. Feb 22, 2015
    7
    the congress is very well made movie. it has a compelling story about identity and escaping reality, very good performances (especially fromthe congress is very well made movie. it has a compelling story about identity and escaping reality, very good performances (especially from Robin Wright) and some amazing animation. it's major flaw is it's length and it's pacing, the film has a lot of padding and at times feels like it's 2 movies forced together and as a result the themes and messages feel confused. but at it's heart this is an impressive film it just should have been shorter and i believe it will appeal to a lot of people particularly art house fans Full Review »
  3. Oct 17, 2014
    6
    Israeli director Ari Folman’s fourth film, THE CONGRESS is the much anticipated follow-up after his Oscar-nominated animation-documentaryIsraeli director Ari Folman’s fourth film, THE CONGRESS is the much anticipated follow-up after his Oscar-nominated animation-documentary WALTZ WITH BASHIR (2008), which to my ruefulness I have yet to watch, since I am eternally lagging in the field of documentaries, let alone a war documentary.

    THE CONGRESS has an intrinsically distinctive allure of its own because it is a film creatively amalgamate live-action with animation, and inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s Sci-Fi novel THE FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS, it ambitiously challenges to handle a thornier theme of human race’s incorrigible addiction to chemicals which ultimately erase all one egos than it appears to suggest, a showbiz industry agism satire and the advance of technology which foreshadows the doom of the line of actor (which both FINALE FANTSY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN 2001, and the film itself can justify at least for now, animation cannot replace real actors, live-capture may be a more probable contrivance).

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