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The Congress

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Ari Folman

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About the Movie

More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in The Congress convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 96
  • Fresh: 71
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An acquired taste, this dense Jabberwocky-ish word salad is a political allegory about a populace that's been pharmaceutically duped into believing its wretched world is wonderful. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Sep 4, 2014

Rotten: It spirals into logy animated nonsense. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 28, 2014

Fresh: Ambitiously trippy and compulsively watchable ... – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Aug 28, 2014

Fresh: Busting with ideas, from ageism in Hollywood to the soullessness of digital life. – Jake Coyle, Associated Press, Aug 28, 2014

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Customer Reviews

It’s Awful

The first 30 minutes had promise, but it then went completely off the rails into a literally incoherent bizzaroland. Imagine if someone had dream in which they took acid, then woke up and decided to try to recreate the dialog and animate the whole thing. I kept thinking, When is this movie going to end? We finally got to the point where we couldn’t take any more and bailed, only to discover there was still 30 MINUTES LEFT.

Great Premise. Boring Movie

It starts out so promising, but as soon as it ventures into the second half of the movie, it's snoozeville. I feel like this was just paced poorly - The flow of the movie made it feel overly long. In the hands of another director and/or editor, this movie could be a classic.

The use of classic animation looks fantastic, but it feels like they fell short of creating a futuristic mind-altered lifestyle that's plausible in the world they set up in the first half.

I really wanted to like this movie because I love the art of it, but it just didn't work for me.

The Congress

What a cast, and what an awful movie! Robin Wright shines at the beginning, but as soon as this switches to animation, it is a boring, confusing mess. The editor should go back to school.

Harvey Keitel isn’t at his best, but Paul Giamati is.

I love Sci-Fi, I love Robin Wright, I love Paul G and Harvey Keitel, but I disliked this movie.

The Congress
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2014

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