Limitless just wants to give you a good time, and it does, yet the film leaves you wondering: Now that our world has been saturated with antidepressants, is this where big pharma strikes next?
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
An energetic, enjoyably preposterous compound - it's a paranoid thriller blended with pseudo-neuro-science fiction and catalyzed by a jolting dose of satire - directed by Neil Burger.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Better living through chemistry is a debatable notion satirically explored in this briskly paced, suspenseful thriller.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"Limitless" is 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.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
The movie is too chaotic to be very good. But it's fun and not stupid, which is something.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
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.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
If you're willing to ignore the many leaps in logic, his fast-paced thriller goes down easy enough with a side of popcorn.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The visuals are giddy, illustrating Eddie's high with fun house lenses, over-exposed colors, supersonic edits -- and, when side effects kick in, dizzying flights through the streets of New York.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Limitless is an amusing, clever tale of self-actualization run amok. It's also a surprisingly effective hybrid of comedy, drama and action.
Gary Dowell - Dallas Morning News
Limitless delivers some pleasurable punch -- and rarely makes you feel small.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
Very limited, actually.
David Denby - New Yorker
"Limitless" only uses 15, maybe 20 percent of its brain. Still, that's more than a lot of movies do.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Cooper's an able light comic performer as well as a shrewd dramatic actor, and "Limitless" lets him run considerable distances in both directions.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Without much fanfare Neil Burger has emerged as one of the best suspense directors in the business.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Limitless" misfires on any number of points; it's not a particularly smart or imaginative yarn.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Limitless is limited, but intriguing nonetheless.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Some of its conceits may not hold up under intense scrutiny, but, generally speaking, it's a good time at the movies.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Directed with a pulsating fervor by Neil Burger, Limitless is absurd but entertaining action-adventure escapism.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
[A] propulsive, unexpectedly funny thriller.
Robert Koehler - Variety
"Limitless" may please a few looking for a shallow fantasy thriller, but won't fire up the synapses of the intellectually demanding.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Overall it's smart entertainment that even manages to make Robert De Niro, Cooper's co-star, sound fully engaged.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
This movie's veneer of knowing slickness is more than canceled out by a thick, fatty layer of stupidity.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Limitless is frustrating, in part, because it could have been much better.
Dana Stevens - Slate
For a plot about super-intelligent people, the screenplay is surprisingly dumb.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Limitless should be so much smarter than it is.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
You could pick the script apart for impossibilities. But why bother? It's much more enjoyable to shut your brain off and have a good time.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
It feels vapid, even when it's trying to persuade us of the nefarious significance of NZT, in large part because the screenplay is so indecisive about the impact of the drug.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Limitless hits you like an adrenaline rush that will have you saying, "I'll have what he's having."
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Occasionally skirts greatness and is definitely worth your time. But it could have been much more.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
The disappointment is that for all of the possibilities, "Limitless" never gets beyond "limited."
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Let's describe Neil Burger's latest as director "Abraham Polonsky's 'The Matrix.'" It's a hyper-local amped-up Manhattan melodrama that pulses through one man's mind, one user's bloodstream.
Paradoxically absorbing, yet cliched and empty, this power-based New York story is a bit of an entertaining thrill ride, probably far more popcorn-engrossing than it deserves to be...
- The Playlist
Limitless brings the seduction of self-enhancement to your local cineplex in a witty package that's pretty enough to keep you intrigued
Billy Tatum - We Got This Covered
Relationships are shortchanged and this brisk, fantastical tale fails to find any emotional traction.
While it does have some entertaining moments and other moments where possibilities rear their heads, it never quite lives up to the premise.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
An enjoyable film that tries to move beyond the standard thriller.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
For a movie about hyper-intelligent human beings, Limitless is surprisingly sloppy and ultimately rather brainless.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Despite some snazzy camera angles and showoff-y technique, Limitless dashes any hopes of originality when it ends up being nothing more than a cautionary tale about drug addiction
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
not just a cool film to watch, but a cool film to see
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Bradley Cooper is his usual innocuous but personality-free, walking wallpaper self and hence not up to the challenge.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
To see the two leads face off verbally is a treat...
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
There are highs, and it may be fun for a while, but in the end it's a thudding, relentless road to nowhere.
Andrew Simpson - Fan The Fire
Burger plunges into the material at such a headlong pace and with sufficient adrenalized style as to propel this essentially trashy thriller and distract from the abundant loose ends. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
While it's not that the film-makers do an amazingly stunning job with the idea, it's perhaps more that they don't fumble it at all.
Matt Neal - The Standard
It's not the science that's important, it's the momentum, the conceptual journey, the dynamism of the head games and chemically-enhanced battle of wits...
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
One complaint you cannot level at Limitless is that it is unoriginal or uncreative. In an upcoming summer of senseless sequels and repugnant remakes, Limitless-warts and all-is at least something we've never seen before.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Begins like an update of Roger Corman's 'X - The Man with the X-Ray Eyes' but abandons its probe of the soul-sucking price of power addiction to pander to the idea that audiences demand slick fantasy-role-model heroes and happy endings.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Dubious values and undercooked philosophy aside, Limitless is an engaging and often good-humoured trip that moves at quite a lick and benefits from being directed with some flair.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Is Limitless a science fiction movie?
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
A fun, stylistic flick that seems like something Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle would do if he wanted to make a D.A.R.E. commercial.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
A fun romp in this cautionary tale that glides by relying heavily on star Bradley Cooper's charisma.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
... a humdinger of a science fiction thriller that scoots easily from shaggy-dog fable to noir mystery to conspiracy thriller and winds up on the dark side of Twilight Zone.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Moves so fast you don't have time to think
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Fine cast and premise sullied by soulless handling. Frustratingly limited in its power to entertain and engross.
Jude Allder - Empire Magazine Australasia
A bracing story that examines what intelligence will and will not buy and what is the effect that such a drug would have on society
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
...a fascinating thriller with fine pace that never lets up.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
I think they're trying to trade on Cooper's handsome mug when what they should be emphasizing is the tight, weird, unpredictable evil-cat-and-equally-evil-mouse angle. But no matter why you go see it, you won't have a bad time.
Dave White - Movies.com
Based on a novel by Alan Glynn, Leslie Dixon's intelligent screenplay moves along at a brisk pace.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
A movie that gets a lot of mileage out of good old-fashioned wish fulfillment. Consistently entertaining.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Part fantasy fulfillment, part paranoid thriller, this is a subversive Faustian tale.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Limitless fails to reach its potential.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
[An] ingenious, extremely violent thriller...
Despite some illogical plot turns it's a Hollywood film that for once refuses to get moralistic about its vacuous premise...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
A flashy techno-thriller.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
You almost feel yourself getting smarter as you watch. Remember how you felt sitting through Transformers 2? Kind of the opposite of that.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Like a fast-food shake, the film tastes vaguely metallic and predominately of something approximating vanilla... sometimes you've just gotta satisfy your cravings.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
...a watchable yet far-from-engrossing high-finance thriller.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's a little like the question posed by the classic 'Flowers for Algernon': What would happen to a person who suddenly became brilliant?
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
A neo-noir sci-fi chase thriller with pharmaceutical tendencies. Fun stuff.
Limitless may not pass a demanding test of logic. But Hitchcock once told me, "logic is dull." Limitless is certainly not dull.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
... a potent parable about the risks of playing with fire.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Too bad Leslie Dixon tapped less than 20 percent of hers while penning her underdeveloped script.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Burger does a dazzling job of conveying Eddie's supercharged mental capacity - when Eddie's pepped-up on NZT the images really zing.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
The plot is utter tosh but executed with such flamboyant style that you might think it was Shakespeare. Or not.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Perhaps a better title would be Limited.
Paul Gallagher - Future Movies UK
A flawed but entertaining sci-fi thriller...
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Good, if limited.
The escalation of greed is a major factor in the film, and the unsettling aspiration of always wanting more - the ugly side of the American Dream - is rife.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
What's fresh about this concept is how it turns perfect intelligence into a superpower and tries to imagine its real-world applications. What's less fresh is the ensuing plot...
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Eventually, there are huge gaps in logic that make the movie seem really stupid.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
You'll definitely regret it in the morning, and wonder what the hell you were thinking, but as hedonistic cinema trips go, Limitless's power to entertain - while it might not live up to its title - just about extends to its 105 minute running time.
Sophie Ivan - Film4
Director Neil Burger uses trippy, vertigo-inducing sequences to put us inside Eddie's head and there's a quick-cutting pace that would leave many recent thrillers standing in the dust.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
It's involving and entertaining, and sometimes even thought-provoking. And it gives Cooper a role that perfectly uses his skills as an actor.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist), Limitless works best with some high-powered visual sequences which heighten our own senses.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It's more Jan de Bont than Christopher Nolan, but when the ride is this exhilarating, sometimes the destination just doesn't matter.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
Bored? Lack of wish-fulfilment in your life? Take Limitless for quick, over-the-counter relief.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Hugely enjoyable thriller with a sharply written script, pacey direction and a terrific central performance from Bradley Cooper.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's scatty and fast paced, and director Neil Burger employs some Gaspar Noe-style, bad-trip CG effects to heighten the mood.
David Jenkins - Time Out
Bradley Cooper becomes a star with this film. He stands toe to toe with De Niro and never blinks.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Ironically for a film so keenly centred on the idea of reaching one's own potential, Limitless doesn't nearly begin to realise its own.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
While this film fails to break the typical Hollywood mold, it is still entertaining enough in a wish fulfillment fantasy kind of way.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A loopy joy from start to finish, Bradley Cooper proves that he's the real deal.
David Hughes - Empire Magazine
Cooper proves to be a leading man in this sleek thriller about addiction, drive and the American dream.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
"Limitless" is the perfect way to kick of Spring with a highly addictive motion picture that has you wondering would you try NZT?
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
"Limitless" delivers the goods in terms of fun, suspense, and an above-average story. The twists and turns never appear without reason, and Cooper delivers an assured, charismatic performance that lifts the film.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Limitless" really just wants you to go with the flow of the id over ego. In the end, it's a passable, darkly comic pharmacological mystery with visual panache that plays fast and loose, but never boringly, with the "pharma" and the "logical."
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The cinematic equivalent of a meal high in calories and low in nutrition...dresses up a weak narrative in a glitzy explosion of technical virtuosity intended to conceal its shortcomings.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
An energetic fantasy, both cerebral and physical, with Bradley Cooper playing the charming lead.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Don't believe the abs... I mean the ads, Bradley Cooper is mostly dressed in his latest film Limitless.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
[VIDEO] "Limitless" isn't a perfect sci-fi thriller. But it gives you a fleeting sense of what it might be like to really be the smartest person in the world.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The philosophical ramifications of becoming the most intelligent man on Earth are either too complex or hold too little appeal, with the peeks into Eddie's beautiful mind conveyed through saturated color schemes and letters tumbling down from the rafters.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
...a solid and effective tale about the temptation of power.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
unpretentious, compact, and loads of fun as it parses the combustible combinatiOn of ego, brains, and money
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
If you want a movie with a sermon, well, look somewhere else. But if you want an adrenaline shot to the heart, look here.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
In a way, the movie is as involving and addictive as the fictitious drug it conjures up.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Limitless is the sort of B-movie Roger Corman would make 50 years ago, riffing on a studio smash like Inception without the lofty budget or ideas.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Here's something unusual - a Hollywood film with fresh ideas.
As if we, too, had taken some drug, it's not until we shrug off the visual effects of the film that we realize that the plot is rather silly. But holy hallucinogens, that eye candy can't be beat.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Starts off as an ambitious, gripping, quasi-sci-fi thriller and turns into an over-the-top mess. But it's never dull, and looking at Bradley Cooper is never bad.
Caryn James - James on screenS
Cooper's performance coupled with Bruger's stylized directing puts even the out of place ending firmly into a comfortable pocket of enjoyability.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
it is just one big drug itself that when taken emboldens you with the power to see that Bradley Cooper should not be headlining a film, Leslie Dixon should not be writing it and Neil Burger must never be allowed to helm a major motion picture again.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Cooper, whose eyes are startlingly blue here, holds the screen.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The keys here are momentum and visual effects: effects to let you see what Eddie is feeling, momentum so you don't have too much time to think about what you're seeing.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Limitless is a deliriously loopy thrill-ride but all the better for it.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
We've seen this idea before, but they did play around with it...so you're not sitting there the entire time: 'I feel like I've taken the drug when it comes to this plot.' No.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Thought provoking and with New York brought to life flash intellige by flashy camerawork, Limitless is cool, funny and intelligent.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
one wishes that the film had been more daring in its exploration of what such a situation might entail, questioning rather than reveling in the flashy surfaces of wealth and power
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This premise offers a lot of opportunities for straight popcorn fun, and the director seizes every one of them.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The hallucinatory movie gets credit for bringing up the issue of untapped human potential. The movie's "what if" wish-fulfillment fantasy theme ultimately falters, runs out of steam and breaks down with an ending that is well beyond belief.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
Burger and Dixon provide the dangerous downward spiral that consumes Eddie, but it wouldn't work without Cooper.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
One has to wonder, would you take NZT if you had the opportunity?
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A mess. Starts off great, but ruined by a ridiculous second half. There may be a good movie on a cutting room floor somewhere, but this ain't it.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
We've all seen that beer commercial featuring "the most interesting man in the world". Move over, pal --- you've got competition.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Not only does it fail to come across as the smart entertainment that it wishes that it was, you can actually feel it killing your brain cells as it goes on and on
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Cooper has to prove convincingly pathetic, then motivated, then desperate to his audience, and he's ideally cast in his first major leading role as something of a modern-day Icarus.
William Goss - Cinematical
The pill hits him like a combination of Ritalin, steroids, speed, and super-powerful ginkgo biloba, like spinach hits Popeye, if it grew his brain instead of his muscles.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
With his pin-up looks and ineffable lack of gradation, Bradley Cooper is a compelling anchor for this sort of material -- you're both rooting for him and weirdly hoping for a bit of dark comeuppance, which makes for some intriguing tension.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Burger's stylishly directed film makes up for any narrative hiccups with a mix of wry humor and comic-book-inspired visual flourishes.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
It's a movie that knows its limits and works pretty well within them.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
While so many films have already taken us down this rabbit hole, "Limitless" will be remembered for forgetting to make us care we've fallen down it the second we leave the theater.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
If there were a pill that made people smarter, I'd donate an extra supply to the creators of "Limitless."
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The filmmakers doesn't sweat the fact that Eddie is a chemically enhanced fraud. What scares them is any possibility of alienating the movie's target audience with a downer ending.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
It's a lot of fun to watch, turning slowly as it does from the initial glee of discovery to the inevitable addiction issues and a transformation into a dark, suspense-fuelled drama.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Limitless is fairly smart, and smart films are few and far between.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
'Limitless' is a fast moving, fantasy fun ride and full of thrills. Cooper, with a winning charisma, makes the film interesting to watch.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Limitless may not be as brainy as it would like to think it is, but it's a relatively sharp and surprisingly playful head-trip, a satisfyingly novel twist on mindless entertainment.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
...all flash and sizzle, but still delivers; it's equal parts superhero wish fulfillment and cautionary yuppie satire, and it's also a hell of a fun ride.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Cornish develops her character more in one scene than Cooper does in the whole movie.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A strangely arid experience, without the gleeful, drugged-out weirdness of a truly offbeat endeavor.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
If you're jonesing for an addictive thriller, Limitless goes down easily and creates a contact high with zippy pacing and hypnotic visuals.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Limitless riffs boundlessly on what it means to be creative and how chemical stimulation (speed, booze, whatever) can tamp and temper the willpower necessary to achieve greatness. It's all fun and games until you start seeing stalker.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Limitless is the kind of slick trash that upstart distributors often embrace as a stepping stone to the sort of clumsily reckless trash at which big studios uniquely excel.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Despite the presence of De Niro and Cornish, Limitless is pretty much a one-man show. Happily, Cooper is up to it. Limitless may not be a slam dunk, but this guy's got it.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Certainly there are a few times "Limitless" teeters on interesting possibilities, but it has a weird way of pulling back on its most stimulating ideas.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
It would be curious to see the four or five endings the makers of Limitless came up with before they settled for this one, which is smeared with the fingerprints of test audiences and focus groups.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
As a power trip geared to young males, the movie's kick is as strong as anything in "The Social Network" with the bonus of glamorous Cooper in the lead.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Limitless' highs are sustained and visually snappy, a David Fincher-esque vision of New York conquered. But the side effects are a little troubling.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Gripping thriller about the heady and nightmarish journey of a struggling writer who becomes a kind of tortured uber-mensch after he takes an unapproved wonder drug, starring Bradley Cooper in a breakthrough performance.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
nothing new, but it's told in a completely captivating way.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
The problem with "Limitless," other than its lack of Muppets, is a charismatic but unappealing protagonist.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A nice surprise on the acting front for Limitless is that it coughs up the first half-decent role Robert De Niro has had for several years
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
It's a fanciful story and quite a good one. I enjoyed it and I thought Bradley Cooper was much better than he'd been in things I'd seen him in before.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
[An] erratic but often wickedly sly thriller.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
The secret to making a great, or even just a good, thriller these days seems to have been lost. Maybe the key is not so much feeling invincible as knowing what your limits are.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
[C]learly was not written by someone taking this best-you-can-be pill... It's not awful. It's passably entertaining. But it thinks it's taking risks yet never goes out on any ledges.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Like any drug, Limitless starts out as something refreshing and stimulating but when you come down you're stuck wondering where the last few hours went.
Daniel Hubschman - Hollywood.com
Frenetic thriller about a drug that unleashes your brain's full potential doesn't quite achieve its own, but star Bradley Cooper and director Neil Burger make the most of it.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It's well made, filled with interesting ideas, and just odd enough so that it'll once again prevent Neil Burger from becoming a Hollywood darling.
Nick Nunziata - CHUD
Limitless has an intriguing concept - and while it's not explored as deeply as it could have been, the film still delivers a satisfying ride.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
It's like watching The Fonz get free songs by punching a jukebox, and that never stops being fun.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
There is some irony in Burger's attempts to dumb down a film about hyper intelligence, but it's not an act of cleverness. It's closer to fumbled filmmaking, cruelly corrupting the itchy high Limitless once handled so superbly.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
What's the fun in worrying about losing your soul when you can gain the world?
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
If this guy were really in command of all his previous experiences, he'd know better than to take out a loan from a generic Russian goon. Does that ever turn out well?
Matt Pais - RedEye
Smart and sharp. Great concept soon to be a reality.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Punchy and witty entertainment with an adept balance of adrenaline rush and clear-eyed sobriety.
Trevor Johnston - Radio Times
There are certain actors who you can just look at and instantly fall in love with. Tom Hanks is one. Drew Barrymore is another. Bradley Cooper is not.
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The ending has loads of leverage, and the film has plenty of moxie. Nice ride!
Elias Savada - Film Threat
Even Bradley Cooper lapping thirstily at a pool of blood can't save a dumbass sci-fi fable on the perils of increased mental capacity.
Bill Weber - Slant Magazine
Timing is everything and, in this case, the moral repercussions of this drug-crazed sci-fi-er ring are especially reprehensible.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Alternate-reality thriller isn't as smart as it thinks.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
It's very well directed. The ending may be a little pat, but the journey is a trip.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
An intriguing premise can't disguise the standard action thriller plotting that leaves Limitless a little too limited in its scope.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Is the fact that Cooper becomes a high-yield stock broker who likes to sleep with models supposed to mean that he's misusing his powers, or that screenwriter Leslie Dixon thinks this is the goal of every person on Earth?
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
A clean-cut piece of entertainment that delivers an invigorating and engaging high with no nasty side effects.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Not really a horror film (blood-slurping notwithstanding), Limitless is more a suspense-thriller that should appeal to fans of tension and adrenaline.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
If you have any moral qualms about checking out a film where about 60% of the suspense comes from a junkie trying to hide or retrieve his stash, this isn't the film for you.
Anthony Morris - The Vine
...even as we're dragged along by its brisk pacing and occasionally smart twists, there's a nagging feeling a better film's in here waiting to be made.
Aaron Yap - Flicks.co.nz
Burger fails in creating the paranoia infused techno morality tale he so wanted to make, with themes such as the consequences of powers given and not earned, and the destructive nature of addiction, failing to relate on an emotional and even moral level.
Matthew Pejkovic - FILMINK (Australia)
Featuring a charismatic leading man and interesting premise, Limitless is a viscerally appealing sci-fi thriller yet fails to tap into its vast potential.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Director Neil Burger flaunts flair, with bursts of stylised Escher-esque camerawork (dig those speeding super-zooms), saturated colour and a euphoric soundtrack.
Rosie Fletcher - Total Film
The opposite of Alzheimer's, as unsavory characters compete to snatch up an egghead performance enhancer turning slackers into spontaneous geniuses. The director may not be dropping NZT, but his finger is on the pulse of a vividly realized contact high.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
It's a gee-whizz novelty movie along the lines of Inception, with great effects and some visual wows.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
There are imperfections but there is entertainment value in Limitless, not the least being Bradley Cooper's engaging central performance. There's a twist but it's not what you think and the visuals are fabulous
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile