The Congress Synopsis
An aging actress decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent and the head of Miramount Studios, her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star...
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indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
A wholly original and thoroughly surprising fusion of sensory overload and liberal philosophy bound to confuse and provoke in equal...
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87

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
The first half of “The Congress,” while still fascinating, does suffer a bit from keeping its focus on the gripes and accusations between...
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80

Total Film

Whether visual or thematic, Folman’s bold, eccentric ideas never fail to astound; but they also never truly cohere into a satisfying...
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80

CineVue

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For a film that looks at a believably nightmarish future, The Congress sits out of its time; a feverish relic of a post-revolutionary...
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67

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
Overloaded with too many ideas, it does scant justice to the more interesting ones that crop up, while regularly diverting from any sort of...
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60

The Dissolve

By Noel Murray
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...
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60

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
[Folman's] film is an alluring curio, a protest against the digital frontier which gets stuck with a knotty internal paradox – it starts...
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60

Empire

By Dan Jolin
A fascinating and visually impressive intellectual helter-skelter ride, but the lack of narrative coherence lets down its promising sci-fi...
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60

The Guardian

By Xan Brooks
The Congress contains tricks aplenty and ideas in abundance. The problem comes in herding these scattered, floating elements towards a...
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40

Variety

By Peter Debruge
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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By ksmurf05
This movie was really bad .........

Confusing

By meganmcentire
I wanted badly to enjoy this, so many of the decisions made about the film created confusion for me. I love many of the ideas but they were not followed or contextualized well....

Don't even bother when it comes out on movie channels

By janmalcolme
Disconnected, half animated and the animation is as sophisticated as Popeye cartoons from the early 60s Very disappointing....

Annoying Movie

By FrenchFlies
While I believe the intent and general concept of this film was in the right place, it fails to fully deliver. Instead it gives the audience a pretentious and self-important film that looks like it...

Refreshing

By rainnegirl
Not what I was expecting, surprising fresh. Totally thought provoking. Robin Wright is fantastic!!...

Surpringly great

By contato955
A mesmerizing look at so many philosophical questions about the meaning of life that it is a miracle the movie pulled through all of them with great impact. Harvey Keitel's monologue is by itself a...

2 Hrs I'll never get back!

By Swishcraft
Bought this movie on demand because I love Robin Wright and the overall concept was exciting and refreshing. And the first 1/4 to 1/3 if the film is very interesting and the characters in the live...

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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Haunting animation flawed but asks big questions on reality.
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