Adopting a clean, chronological and punchy approach, Soderbergh holds a steady eye on panic and chaos. It's a disaster movie with a brain and conscience.
If you're looking for some kind of poetry-some exalted dramatic arc that lifts this narrative out of the ordinary-you won't find it here. Contagion is...gripping from start to finish.
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.
Contagion is compelling.
Contagion is the best movie made to date about an epidemic/pandemic.
J. R. Jones
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.
The film resembles its viral subject a little too closely: an intricate, formidable mechanism with no evident purpose.
Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, written by Scott Burns, begins on a state of high alert and stays there for the rest of the movie.
[A] curiously inert new thriller from Steven Soderbergh.