'Contagion' Critic Reviews

83%
MovieWeb:   12 reviews
85%
Rotten Tomatoes:   239 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    I couldn't look away, and neither did I touch my face with my hands.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    As ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jason Solomons Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    I was shuffling nervously in my seat, edging away from the sniffling man next to me. Nobody shook hands or embraced after this screening.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Contagion is more unsettling than 1995's Outbreak or the disaster movies of the '70s.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    If this is an action-thriller, it's one that makes med school look sexier than the Marines.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    [A] curiously inert new thriller from Steven Soderbergh.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Steven Soderbergh​'s viral "who brung it" is a mostly style-over-substance affair.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    Though far from a likeable movie, Contagion is admirable as a highly controlled, verging-on-Kubrickian exercise in directorial vision and style.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Contagion is compelling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    "Contagion" deserves praise for taking the scientific method seriously when so much hogwash is floated about regarding vaccines.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The result is not quite medicine and not quite cotton candy. But it works. It's made for grown-ups.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    "Contagion" will do for hand sanitizer what "Jaws" did for shark repellent.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Contagion could have been a blood-curdling scream; instead it comes off as Soderbergh's star-powered science project.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    63
    As slick and polished as this "real" version of "28 Days Later" is, it's an utterly heartless affair.
    Full Review » 3 years ago