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Though some may find it cold and didactic, Cosmopolis benefits from David Cronenberg's precise direction, resulting in a psychologically complex adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel.



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New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father's old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan's exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric's bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city's streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey. Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination. -- (C) Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Cosmopolis

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  • Cosmopolis, based on the Don DeLillo novel, is less forthright and substantially less enjoyable, but the same general themes are recognizably in place.

    Aug 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The rapid dialogue is dry and mannered, like a David Mamet play, there's virtually no story and Cronenberg's visual scheme is cold and claustrophobic.

    Sep 6, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It feels like each and every moment bursts forth with urgent dialogue, and yet what does anyone actually say?

    Aug 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There's not really a movie there, nothing that sustains itself from scene to scene and nothing that's worth watching from beginning to end.

    Aug 23, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Cosmopolis," because of its allegiance to the book's mannered, offbeat language, feels like it never wakes up.

    Aug 23, 2012 | Rating: 2/4
  • Poor Pattinson does the best he can. He's not terrible. But he's definitely out of his element, if not beyond his depth, an altar boy in a bishop's robes.

    Aug 23, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cosmopolis

  • Sep 28, 2015
    Cosmopolis is for people who want something different and are willing to be tolerant in order to get it. For everyone else expecting something along the lines of Oliver Stone's Wall Street, a straightforward but well-done drama, Cosmopolis is going to be a disappointment. It is not so much weird as plain odd. I don't dislike the movie but do find a lack of effort (particularly the lighting) and feel it could have been significantly better.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2013
    A young financial genius is intent on taking his limo across Manhattan to get a haircut from his father's old barber, despite the fact that the streets are gridlocked due to a Presidential visit, "occupy Wall Street"-type protestors are rioting, and there is a credible death threat against him. It's a talky, symbolic and obliquely philosophical movie, for sure, and it will turn most viewers off; but, in its confused way it does reflect our current psychology of income gap anger and financial apocalypse anxiety.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2013
    I really tried to like this movie but it was not that interesting to watch. I can see that Robert Pattinson has the potential to be a good actor but his part in Cosmopolis did not do him well. He really needs to get better parts in movies in order to shine through as a good Hollywood actor and not only be seen as the guy from Twilight. A lot of my friends said that they did not want to watch Cosmopolis because he was a part of the movie but I gave it a chance and was somewhat disappointed. I was incredibly bored and the highlights did not excite me at all. I think that if the movie would have been edited in a different, more action filled way it might have been a better success, instead there were just a lot of monotonic conversations which made me not want to listen to the subjects they were talking about. Cosmopolis could have been a lot more in my opinion.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2013
    Cronenberg is back making weird movies again. In this case, there are signs of life but too much left unexplained and unexplored.
    John B Super Reviewer

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