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A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Actors: Abbie Cornish , Robert De Niro , Bradley Cooper , Ned Eisenberg , Tomas Arana , Darren Goldstein , Robert John Burke , Johnny Whitworth , Anna Friel , Andrew Howard
Directors: Neil Burger
Country: USA
Release: 2011-03-18
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  • Rick Groen

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Limitless rocks.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    For two hours it's a fun head trip.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • David Hughes

    A loopy joy from start to finish, Bradley Cooper proves that he's the real deal.

    Empire Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Some of its conceits may not hold up under intense scrutiny, but, generally speaking, it's a good time at the movies.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Briskly paced, suspenseful thriller.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    It's a small victory for flash in its eternal war with substance, but in this case, the flash is enough.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Cary Darling

    Burger has opened up what was a very interior book and injected it with a jolt of cinematic electricity. Smart move, smart movie.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Almost all of it works as wish-fulfillment fantasy.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    An energetic, enjoyably preposterous compound - it's a paranoid thriller blended with pseudo-neuro-science fiction and catalyzed by a jolting dose of satire.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    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.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie is not terrifically good, but the premise is intriguing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    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.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    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.

    NPR Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    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.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • John Swansburg

    Limitless is frustrating, in part, because it could have been much better.

    Slate Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Limitless may please a few looking for a shallow fantasy thriller, but won't fire up the synapses of the intellectually demanding.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Rooted in empty materialism, but it never evokes the heady rush of a guilty pleasure or the precipitous payback of a thriller.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Smart isn't all it's cracked up to be and soon the movie is unraveling faster than all of Eddie's grand schemes.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Limitless is a writer's movie by a writer, and it explores the dark side of the muse.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    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.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Limitless should be so much smarter than it is.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Begins as pseudo-realism before descending into weird and mangled wank-job fantasy. Full Review
  • Wade Major

    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.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    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."

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
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