Reviews Coming in for ‘The Congress’

Director Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) new sci-fi animated/live action film The Congress recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, and with that, the first reviews for the film also made their debut online.

Early reviews are mixed. Peter Debruge of Variety said in his review:

“Admirers of Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir should seriously adjust their expectations for this trippy cautionary tale….Maybe the film is ahead of its time, though it already feels dated…”

Todd McCarthy said in his review for The Hollywood Reporter:

“Ambition markedly outstrips achievement in The Congress, a visionary piece of speculative fiction that drops the ball after a fine set-up…Initial viewer curiosity gives way to impatience and finally ennui in the film’s second half, spelling lukewarm commercial prospects for this commendable but shortfalling exploratory drama.”

The Congress, based on the short story The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem, tells the story of an aging actress (played by Robin Wright) who sells the rights of a digital version of herself to a movie studio. The film the does not yet have a distributor in the U.S.

Source: Animation Magazine


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