Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 22, 2013
    A wholly original and thoroughly surprising fusion of sensory overload and liberal philosophy bound to confuse and provoke in equal measures.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 22, 2013
    The first half of “The Congress,” while still fascinating, does suffer a bit from keeping its focus on the gripes and accusations between Hollywood actors and producers...Once the Philip K. Dick-meets-”Inception” second half kicks in, the implications grow more universal.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 22, 2013
    Overloaded with too many ideas, it does scant justice to the more interesting ones that crop up, while regularly diverting from any sort of central narrative to follow tenuous and ill-explained threads that end up in a foggy limbo. But just when it threatens to wholly frustrate, someone cracks an enjoyable inside-baseball meta movie-making joke and we're back on side for a bit.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 14, 2014
    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
    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
    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: Peter Debruge
    May 22, 2013
    Apart from its general knock against ageism in Hollywood, The Congress doesn’t have much insight to offer on the subject.

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