I couldn't look away, and neither did I touch my face with my hands.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
As ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Contagion is more unsettling than 1995's Outbreak or the disaster movies of the '70s.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
If this is an action-thriller, it's one that makes med school look sexier than the Marines.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Big ideas and small-mindedness threaten to turn "Contagion'' into unwieldy world-affairs and family-values allegories, but Soderbergh and Burns are moving too fast to think.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
If Contagion truly is the first leg of Soderbergh's retirement victory lap, this harrowing film is a potent reminder of what we stand to lose.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
There's a sense of dread in "Contagion," but it never spreads to us. When Day 1 is finally shown, it makes you want to eat better, which isn't the same as saying this is a great movie.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
[A] curiously inert new thriller from Steven Soderbergh.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Steven Soderbergh's viral "who brung it" is a mostly style-over-substance affair.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Though far from a likeable movie, Contagion is admirable as a highly controlled, verging-on-Kubrickian exercise in directorial vision and style.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
The presence of movie stars helps: their authority is part of what keeps us fascinated by the gruesome fable, juicing it a bit, so that we can actually enjoy it.
David Denby - New Yorker
"Contagion" deserves praise for taking the scientific method seriously when so much hogwash is floated about regarding vaccines.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The result is not quite medicine and not quite cotton candy. But it works. It's made for grown-ups.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Along with the stars, Contagion has plenty of scares, though in contrast to Matt Damon and Kate Winslet, they're things you encounter every day.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
By the time this globe-hopping, movie-star-crammed disaster saga - directed with petrifying efficiency by Steven Soderbergh - comes full circle, you'll never want to touch a subway pole or elevator button or ATM again.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Contagion" will do for hand sanitizer what "Jaws" did for shark repellent.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Contagion could have been a blood-curdling scream; instead it comes off as Soderbergh's star-powered science project.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Soderbergh knows exactly how to dredge up the dread, showing us in several scenes the many things we touch - including our own faces, noses and mouths - during the course of a day and the dangers they contain.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Telling a complex story in a coherent narrative arc has never been one of Mr. Soderbergh's strengths, and chronicling the day-by-day panic of a killer virus jumps all over the place.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Without fully rounded characters, it's hard to care who lives or dies in what amounts to an extended procedural on how disease prevention orgs might respond to such a scenario.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Takes great pains to present its situations realistically, and includes a lot of intelligent speculation about what sort of political, economic and ethical questions would be raised by such a disaster.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Sobering reality for our interconnected world.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Decent, but not completely viral.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
If you're looking for some kind of poetry-some exalted dramatic arc that lifts this narrative out of the ordinary-you won't find it here. Contagion is...gripping from start to finish.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
It's the dark comic moments and the film's sci-fi, B-movie, race-to-develop-a-vaccine subplot that prevent Contagion from being a gloomy two hours in the dark. That and Soderbergh's delight in characters.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
Delivers the gripping, tick-tock tale of an epidemic that threatens to destroy civilization, but presents it virtually without comment.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
If Contagion is a "horror movie," as Soderbergh has described it, then you can think of it as the most believable zombie movie ever made.
Forrest Wickman - Slate
Contagion is the best movie made to date about an epidemic/pandemic.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The pressure cooker plot calls for intense performances all around but first among equals are Winslet and Ehle.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Soderbergh takes us from suburban living rooms to labs at the Centers for Disease Control to remote Asian villages with equally clear-eyed realism.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
For a good hour, a very good first hour, the film efficiently accumulates small, terrifying incidents and images.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
All this germ procedural offers is the sight of people behaving badly, willing to do their worst to get first dibs on a vaccine. Sadly, that's no surprise.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
"Contagion" is a brilliantly executed disease outbreak movie.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
This may not fit any conventional definition of entertainment, but it certainly keeps your eyes on the screen.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
What it is, is a hypochondria-inducing thriller that will likely have you keep off the handrails as you exit the theater, head straight to the nearest Duane Reade and stockpile bulk-size surgical masks, latex gloves and hand sanitizer.
Martin Tsai - Critic's Notebook
As a thriller that threatens a quick and gruesome demise behind every expended breath, Contagion does a workmanlike job.
This high-stakes drama is infected with too many characters and a silly subplot.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
This is a movie that will pound your pulse without having a pulse itself. It's quite proud of it.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
"As slick and polished as this "real" version of "28 Days Later" is, it's an utterly heartless affair."
What we end up with is a film that is not particularly bad, just one that seemed unnecessary since it's a story we've already seen many times before.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Contagion may be a case of feverishly good filmmaking (and an excellent, if slightly more high brow, addition to the disaster movie genre), but ultimately it will leave you with little besides an admiration for Soderbergh's artistry.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
A drama of this magnitude deserves memorable, nuanced characters. [But] as a reminder that a single gust of panic can bring down civilization like a house of cards, it works.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Filmwell
Before Contagion is anything else, it's a master class in filmmaking - shooting, editing, making a movie move.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Soderbergh's detachment actually creates an effective air of understatement when working in tandem with the contrasting warmth and commitment of his cast.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
If you're a hypochondriac or paranoid (or both), don't watch this film.
Matt Neal - The Standard
A bit emotionless and clinical, but Contagion is a pretty spot-on blow-by-blow of what it would be like if a real viral epidemic were to break out.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
The fiercely intelligent Contagion outdoes its genre competition precisely because it doesn't dumb itself down for our sake.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Soderbergh, who is as skilled as they come at uplifting routine templates, gives the infection movie uber-A-list treatment.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
At the heart of Contagion is the fear of a disease that can send the world into anarchy, a scenario which seems extreme but is actually dangerously realistic.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A first-rate cast, excellent acting, and a reasonably taut pace help a somewhat lackluster and sometimes melodramatic story line over its more-predictable soft spots.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
No one becomes a zombie as in 28 Days Later but the trajectory here is about the same and 10 times more frightening because of its true-to-life, very probable scenario.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
A supercharged cross between an episode of CSI and a World Health Organization infographic.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The disease/pandemic movie has grown up.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Steven Lederberg's realization of Scott Burns' original screenplay is more interesting for its statistics and protocols than gripping drama as the world comes to terms with a virus that threatens to remove one-in-twelve from the planet.
S. James Wegg - JWR
I'm not making this up: I had a coughing fit during 'Contagion.'Luckily, I was sitting at the very back of the theater, so I was less likely (I hope) to add to the tension unfolding on the screen.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Contagion is a reminder that we're hardly in as much control of the globe as we think.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz
As soon as you hear Gwyneth Paltrow cough, you know where you're headed.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Todo luce muy cool, demasiado para un film en el que la gente muere como moscas y en el que se pretende alertarnos sobre una inminente crisis global. Pero no hay tiempo para desarrollar interes emocional por ninguno de los personajes.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
A paean to death by bat droppings mixed with a bit of pork.
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
A methodical exploration of the threat of pandemics and how we share space with our fellow human beings. If you aren't chilled by the potential, you should be.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Star-studded and well-directed pandemic story that offers style at the expense of thrills, any emotional connection, and at times, logic.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
In an exemplary cast, Matt Damon stands out as Paltrow's seemingly immune husband, as does Elliott Gould in an understated cameo.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
It's Purell for the disaster movie movement. You may find yourself wishing for a little more grime and viscera.
Clem Bastow - The Vine
[T]errifyingly credible... Foremost a detective story, with a science-positive bent...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This is slick, watchable stuff performed by an all-star ensemble...
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Contagion's not the feel-good movie of the year, but it's effective, compelling and smart and will have you twitching at every cough you hear for days afterwards.
James White - SFX Magazine
A surprisingly clinical work.... it asks each of us: what would I do, and would I be proud of it?
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
A concise and complex screenplay that is circular in structure and rarely lags as it canvasses the natural unravelling of society and the glue that bonds humanity together
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Soderbergh keeps a cool head throughout, refraining from the tear-jerking storylines and cheesy emoting you typically get in disaster movies. You might not be groping for tissues, but you'll definitely be reaching for the anti-viral gel by the close.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
In the end it feels a little like a Fincher wannabee, rather than boasting its an identity in itself.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
A stunningly-made film guaranteed to send hypochondriacs into a frenzy.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Tension is palpable from the opening frames.
- Liverpool Echo
There is only one voice in Contagion and it is a rather empty one.
Eleanor McKeown - Electric Sheep
For the most part the star cast inject this with everything it needs to take root in your brain and have you edging away from anyone who coughs on the bus.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Steven Soderbergh's well-researched, convincing, courageously bleak drama about how a lethal virus could decimate the human race.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
More likely to cause an outbreak of yawning, heavy eyelids and a compulsion to keep checking the time.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The all-star disaster-movie genre is taken out of the 1970s and given a stylish and largely persuasive 21st century makeover by director and cinematographer Steven Soderbergh.
Contagion presents a frightening reality, and leaves you with something to think about.
Grant McAvaney - MovieFIX
An intelligent, emotionally driven ensemble film that we have come to expect from Soderbergh.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
The film wraps up tightly and somewhat too quickly, but it's a delight to experience Soderbergh at the top of his game.
Craig Mathieson - sbs.com.au
It's terrific. I was really impressed with this film and I think it's one of the best things he's done actually.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
This almost documentary-like film is dramatic without being melodramatic. I was impressed with the almost existential approach of Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Think of Wolfgang Petersen's magnificently entertaining 1995 virus-on-the-rampage adventure Outbreak, take out the drama, excitement and involving characters, and that's Contagion in a nutshell.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
The film addresses its grim subject in a cool, matter-of-fact way.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
Contagion is what happens when a disaster movie gets sent to the headmaster for bad behaviour.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
While Contagion would never be classified as entertaining or enlightening, it does make an impact.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Ever the cerebral essayist, Soderbergh isn't in this for edge-of-your-seat thrills - his approach is more cold sweat than burning fever.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
The movie fights for something important: the right of stars to look worse than we do.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Another Soderbergh studio job well done.
Martyn Conterio - Little White Lies
Simultaneously gripping and emotionally engaging thanks to pacey direction, a smart script and terrific performances from a fine ensemble cast.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Lean and fast-moving, Soderbergh ratchets up the tension without straining credibility while the days tick away and the body count rises.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
A highly watchable film, terrifying in its realism. We can just imagine these events panning out.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
A chilling, meticulously researched thriller...
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A level-headed take on a topic that's often an excuse for madness and melodrama.
Matthew Leyland - Total Film
Compelling and terrifyingly real, Contagion balances its multitude of characters, scenarios and fascinating ideas with steadiness and lethal efficiency.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Though the 'case study' approach may not be satisfying for all, Contagion offers a fresh look at the way in which our fragile ecosystem teeters on extinction, without resorting to overblown theatrics or skyscraper-demolishing pyrotechnics.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Adopting a clean, chronological and punchy approach, Soderbergh holds a steady eye on panic and chaos. It's a disaster movie with a brain and conscience.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
A starkly effective ensemble drama which could well do for the sniffles what Jaws did for great whites.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Plays like a humorless send-up of all-star disaster pictures
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Contagion is, by and large, about as enthralling and compelling as a typical episode of CSI: Miami.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Soderbergh applies his brainier brand of filmmaking to the global outbreak thriller genre, and the result is a hugely gripping blockbuster that never talks down to its audience.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Shot with documentary grimness, the movie's relative realism is less dramatically persuasive than the go-for-broke B-movie hysteria of such hydrophobic predecessors as Romero's 'The Crazies' and Cronenberg's 'Shivers.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Elliot Gould!? What, were George Segal and Ryan ONeal unavailable? Was it "free cheese day" at the celebrity shelter?
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Contagion shows us that "working together" is still possible, still necessary. And in a world as divided and partisan as ours, that's an encouragement we need to receive.
Brett McCracken - Christianity Today
This is sophisticated, 21st century filmmaking, with a probing techno score - yet there is an unmistakable '70s disaster flick feel about it.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Contagion is a movie about flawed people doing their jobs, and doing them well, under unspeakable conditions.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
... low-key in its approach with an unforced ring of truth ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
If Hollywood and B-horror films sensationalize the problem of a global outbreak of a lethal virus, Contagion brings a calm reasoned voice to the subject.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Gets off to a very strong start, but eventually gets bogged down in questionable plotting and weak characterization.
Stephen Silver - Patch
CONTAGION demonstrates that science fiction can be used in film for a more serious purpose than telling a superhero story.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
A well-made, effective chiller...I would have admired and respected it better, though, if it wasn't so subtly judgmental toward (Gwyneth) Paltrow's "patient zero" character.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
A frighteningly realistic depiction of just how fast a new form of an old plague can take root and spread -- and how all our know-how can be caught off-guard.
Neil Pond - American Profile
The rest of this Steven Soderbergh movie is a chilled down, anti-hysterical, smartly-schlocky shout-out to '70s disaster/paranoia films.
Dave White - Movies.com
Watching this film is as uncomfortable as expected, so if you have even the slightest tendency towards hypochondria, you should stay far away.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Contagion is a clear-eyed vision of a potential, modern horror that shows science in battle. The direction by Steven Soderbergh is deft and sharp. The screenplay by Scott Z. Burns is intelligent and not exploitative.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
It's like Wolfgang Petersen's Outbreak minus the monkey and with more than two functioning brain cells.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Soderbergh keeps the incessantly yellow-tinted film lithe and jaunty, moving us quickly amid various subplots while also racheting up the tensions.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Writer Scott Z. Burns has fashioned a reality-based thriller that could easily come true..casting is superb, from Fishburne, Cotillard and Winslet to biologist Ehle and snaggle-toothed misinformation blogger Law, who gives my profession a very bad name.
Anne Thompson - Thompson on Hollywood
Strong acting, atmospheric direction, and a nail-biting premise add up to a movie whose impact is hard to ignore.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Why did Contagion have to be such an antiseptic thriller?
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
A horror film without a safety release valve, because the fears it plants in our brains aren't the kind that can be chased away by the light of day.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Contagion has one goal in mind, and it meets this goal fantastically well, but it does virtually nothing else.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It seems we have had this plot a million times before and this movie offers nothing new or involving.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
"Contagion" is a strong film to kick off the end of summer...just make sure you know who you're sharing your popcorn with!
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
For patient viewers, prepare to let this film infect your nerves.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
It's an adult movie that will make you not want to touch any adults when it's over.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Steven Soderbergh's lean, fast-paced medical thriller 'Contagion' doesn't have much heart, but it has plenty of suspense and drama.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A thinking person's disaster movie.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
If Sound It Out never really digs its claws into its material, it at least approaches it with a careful level of thought and commitment.
Jesse Cataldo - Slant Magazine
Offering the best thrills of 2011, "Contagion" will have audience viewers rapidly spreading the word, much like the virus.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
A portrait of the terrifying fragility of the tangled biological, social and emotional networks that govern our lives.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Contagion is compelling.
The most gut-grabbing non-zombie pandemic thriller I've seen, and that's aside from feeling a tickling sensation in the back of my throat through the first two acts.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
You'll want to make a beeline for the nearest restroom to wash your hands ... plays like a feature-length public service announcement, a duck-and-cover-your-mouth drill.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
With so many tales to tell, Contagion just can't possibly deliver on every one of its promises.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Gripping from start to finish.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Uneven nightmare disaster thriller.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Soderbergh's Contagion offers little new about fear and horror but his behind-the-camera ability to be fresh -- along with help from an all-star cast -- elevates his thriller from boredom, if only just slightly.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
'Contagion' is an ambitious and well-meaning film. However, despite some fine performances, it fails to deliver the type of thrills and suspense promised in those exciting previews.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Soderbergh's cold style is oddly suited to this kind of story, that of a virus impersonally killing a hefty percentage of all who come into contact with it
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Unlike slasher films which may or may not raise the hairs on the back of your neck, "Contagion" is frightening because it is totally possible --- it all comes down to the "wrong pig and the wrong bat".
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
This movie will do for bar peanuts what "Jaws" did for swimming in the ocean.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
This is solid, intelligent filmmaking that will have you on the edge of your seat...
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
...only a few of the stories compel and even the reliable Matt Damon fails to make a strong impression. "Contagion" is an OK medical thriller, but there's something off about it.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
An entertaining if unwieldy cross between a PSA and one of those all-star idiocies from the 1970s -- those disaster flicks involving hijacked planes, hurtling meteors or towering infernos.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Contagion becomes a battle between what it is and what it could have been. It satisfies just enough to warrant its existence while frustrating one with its potential.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Contagion may be the most expensive public-service ad ever filmed, but it's also a surprisingly light-on-its-feet action thriller.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
The film resembles its viral subject a little too closely: an intricate, formidable mechanism with no evident purpose.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Steven Soderbergh is given the opportunity to scare us and it is the calm with which he does it that should frighten us all the more.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, written by Scott Burns, begins on a state of high alert and stays there for the rest of the movie.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
It's the most fun you'll have involving something deadly and contagious.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
I can't call Contagion as a feel-good movie. In fact, you won't want to be feeling anything-or anyone-after seeing this cautionary tale about the spread of a deadly virus. But you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Contagion is effective because it plays not on our fears of fictional boogeymen and monsters, but on actual threats.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A very entertaining, well-acted and palpably taut piece of propaganda that leaves too little room for interpretation.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Contagion keeps us at a distance: Rarely has the death of millions seemed so inconsequential.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
All-star virus thriller is intense, uncompromising.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
It's hard to know just what director Steven Soderbergh was thinking in making Contagion. The movie, about the outbreak of a mysterious and deadly new disease, feels oddly mistimed.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Seeing Contagion in a crowded theatre is like watching Jaws on a life raft. Bring hand sanitizer. Or bleach. And maybe soap and a bucket of warm water.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
[An] intellectually stimulating new drama about the terrifyingly rapid spread of a lethal virus.
While the all-star cast and the story, about a deadly virus, sounds similar to 1995's Outbreak, 'Contagion' is more insightful, moving, and disturbing with first rate entertainment.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Scarier than any traditional horror film you're likely to see.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Contagion offers a healthy dose of smart filmmaking while most of Hollywood is serving up cinematic placebos.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
The film plays like a hi-tech version of cheesy 1950s sci-fi fare of the Quatermass or Invasion Of The Body Snatchers variety.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
Contagion is a thrill that gets under your skin and keeps you on your toes. In fact, you may start curling up in your seat just to keep a distance from the person sitting next to you.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
You will want to bathe in hand sanitizer for a week after seeing Contagion.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
As an intellectual exercise, it remains compulsively fascinating.
Rob Vaux - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Thanks to Contagion, I used a paper towel to open a bathroom door the other day and now I'm washing my hands more often. One of the scariest movies in years!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Contagion is one of the most informative, talk-heavy, films since Inception and The Social Network, but it isn't the most entertaining from a blockbuster standpoint.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
Killing off one of your marquee actresses appeals to that not-insignificant portion of the moviegoing population that is, shall we say, weary of Paltrow.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Even though it deals with a serious subject seriously, this is an entertaining, believable movie.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
By focusing in on just a few individuals and letting the rest of the story unfold in the background Soderbergh makes a micro experience into a macro one.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
Very effective, mixing science and timely issues into one terrifically compelling drama...[with an effective] emotional payoff.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Contagion is just about as exciting as your last inoculation but makes less sense.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The movie plays as if the National Institutes of Health hired director Steven Soderbergh to direct a health warning public service announcement that would scare the heck out of everyone.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Contagion is an exceptionally well-crafted film, one that feels frighteningly realistic despite the movie star cast.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
You'll never hear a cough the same way again.
Clay Cane - BET.com
If you're the type of person who finds the opening credits montage the most frightening aspect of Romero's original Dawn of the Dead, you will absolutely lose your mind during Contagion.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
It feels very stripped down and authentic and finely crafted.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
An unusually immersive filmgoing experience, no 3-D effects necessary.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
With Contagion, Soderbergh empties his entire bag of tricks and keeps this lean, emotional thriller from turning into an unwieldy, clunky mess.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
The whole thing feels maddeningly incomplete. We get only the sketchiest of characters. (Parental Movie Review also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
It proves the creepiest movies are also the quietest. Although "Contagion" is a horror movie, it's also a response about a viral apocalypse. The end arrives with tiny coughs ...
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
For the most part, the movie is like the virus it depicts: Once this queasily entertaining movie grabs you, it has you in its power.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
There's something very clinical about the way Soderbergh presents the story. But, just when you think it's going to become some kind of docu-drama, the director slams you back to the ground with human emotion and suffering. Paul Chambers, CNN, Atlanta.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
The rush of A-listers combined with apocalyptic dread creates its own kind of dizzy pleasure: Who's going down next on this Poseidon Adventure?
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
the Traffic of outbreak movies
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
While it's fleet on its feet and steady in its tension, Contagion is an exceptionally dry-eyed movie about mass death, interested more in how the structures we've built to keep order deal with the disaster than how people handle it emotionally.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
As he did in his 2000 film "Traffic," director Steven Soderbergh weaves together multiple perspectives in a seamlessly edited collage.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
[It] can't exactly be called a pleasure of any kind, but it is quietly compelling, building the tension as methodically as its characters chip away at the medical puzzle.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Contagion" is a thoughtful, provocative and ultimately chilling film.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Taut with energy from start to finish, Contagion's portrait of a global epidemic is just the right mix of scary, informative and emotionally powerful.
Sarah Sluis - Film Journal International
I didn't care about any of the characters, especially happy-go-lucky Patient Zero.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Part human drama, part mystery, and part technical babble about viral mutations, and, with that wide breadth of concentration, each element falls short.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Running less than two hours but as packed with incredible actors and subplots as an Irwin Allen disaster pic, and yet Soderbergh never lets it get away from him. We always care. We're always interested. We're always terrified.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
This paranoia-fest is, at its heart, a straightforward ticking-clock thriller. And it generates about all the suspense you can hope for from a movie with a faceless, microscopic antagonist.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The third act will seem anticlimactic by comparison, but it's tough to fault a movie, especially one about a deadly virus, for being too grounded.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Much more compelling when showing what it takes to confront a huge, unexpected problem, not merely how susceptible we are to sickness and chaos.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Frighteningly believable, businesslike, super-smart and never less than riveting.
...a paranoid disease thriller for our glocal age.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Contagion is certainly the most realistic portrayal of a global pandemic I've seen, but that doesn't make it the most entertaining, or even all that intellectually interesting.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The first hour of Steven Soderbergh's Contagion is so tense that you can almost forgive the second half for getting bogged down.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The most terrifying aspect of Contagion, ultimately, is the plausibility of its premise. Meticulous and low-key, the film reminds us that disaster lies in the most mundane interactions.
Jeannette Catsoulis - NPR
No science fiction bulls**t!
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Unnerving imagery and an A-list ensemble boost the disease pic's potency, but Contagion isn't immune to the unfocused, overambitious story, which diminishes its impact.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Soderbergh places a queasy emphasis on the way the things that make the world we live in smaller make us that much more vulnerable.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Though modern in its style and gloss, Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" has the feeling - the welcome feeling - of one of those epic disaster movies from the 1970s.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
While the movie is undeniably riveting, it's a little too precisely engineered and emotionally detached for its own good.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
If this truly is the beginning of the end of Soderbergh's career, it tells you all on its own how big a loss that will be to the cinema.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Steven Soderbergh's grim and gripping medical thriller has arrived and it's guaranteed to turn you into a hypochondriac.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
Hypochondriacs might want to steer clear of "Contagion." Others should find this procedural thriller about the outbreak of a deadly disease to be an informative, disquieting and mildly entertaining experience.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
A tense, first-rate thriller that will have you running for the soap and water once the end credits start rolling.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
More a cinematic autopsy than an affecting drama--a cool, detached dissection of an enormous human tragedy; and while it certainly succeeds as a semi-documentary account, it fails to deliver a strong emotional punch.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Soderbergh takes the unusual step, for a big Hollywood production, of killing off Gwyneth Paltrow very near the beginning of the story.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
A smart, spare and well-crafted adult-oriented drama that never takes the intelligence of its audience for granted with phony scares, goopy gross-outs or a storyline that requires its participants to act like idiots in order to keep things moving along.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Makes unflattering comparisons between the rampaging virus and the toxic spread of unreliable information via the Internet.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
An absorbing, nuanced, and intelligent film about a global pandemic in which Soderbergh shows how the battle against a deadly virus draws out the best and the worst in human beings.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Soderbergh himself has modestly likened "Contagion" to a '70s-style, star-driven disaster film. But it's smarter than that, and a lot closer to medical thrillers like "The Andromeda Strain."
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Contagion is satisfying and spooky and a total thrill to watch.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
The scariest cinematic image of the year is a lingering shot of a grimy pole on a public bus.
Chilly, but not chilling, Steven Soderbergh's story of a worldwide pandemic is oddly antiseptic.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A disaster movie without tension or humor.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Although it's slickly paced and strikingly shot, this is a thriller for procedural junkies and conspiracy buffs
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The images of doomsday are quite vivid, requiring nothing more than a close-up of a peanut dish at a bar to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Steven Soderbergh's feature-length Purell advertisement is short on human interest and long on explanations of a pandemic through analogies and generalities.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
A gripping movie, but the things that make it good also limit how good it can be. As engaging as it is on an intellectual level, the film sometimes fails to grab us emotionally.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A movie so real it's frightening -- hypochondriacs may collapse from shock.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Though paling in intensity to Traffic, Soderbergh' apocalyptic cautionary tale nevertheless presents a chillingly-plausible peek at how quickly civilization might unravel in the face of a rapidly-accelerating, extinction-level, biological event.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
An all-too-terrifying bio-thriller that realistically taps into our most primal fears and survival instincts.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Though timely and realistic, Contagion is a mediocre thriller-disaster film, largely due to the gap between the sophisticated filmmaking and the routine (borderline banal)storytelling.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
[VIDEO] ... there's nothing here to make you feel like you've had a meaningful cinematic experience. What a waste.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
I was shuffling nervously in my seat, edging away from the sniffling man next to me. Nobody shook hands or embraced after this screening.
It's a cut above most Hollywood thrillers, and I'll certainly remember it the next time I use the Tube.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
Soderbergh, with a budget to roam the world, gives us genuinely creepy moments as information and misinformation spread as fast as the mutating virus itself.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Soderbergh is always intriguing, but this plague thriller should have been more than an all-star health warning. The banal screenplay suits some cheapo cable movie.
Caryn James - James on screenS
A masterpiece bound by the genre it lives in, but a masterpiece all the same.
David Poland - Movie City News
'Contagion' is masterfully competent filmmaking; even on its worse day it's a good movie."
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting