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PG-13| 1 hr. 46 min.

Plot Summary
When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes the malaise she feels to jet lag. However, two days later, Beth is dead, and doctors tell her shocked husband (Matt Damon) that they have no idea what killed her. Soon, many others start to exhibit the same symptoms, and a global pandemic explodes. Doctors try to contain the lethal microbe, but society begins to collapse as a blogger (Jude Law) fans the flames of paranoia.

Cast: Marion Cotillard , Matt Damon , Laurence Fishburne , Jude Law , Gwyneth Paltrow , Kate Winslet , Jennifer Ehle , Bryan Cranston

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Contagion (2011)

Release Date: September 9th, 2011|1 hr. 46 min.

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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film is most riveting in its early scenes, when Soderbergh's digital cameras locate germs everywhere – don't touch those peanuts! show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A film for anyone who enjoys an intelligent thriller, but for illness phobes this movie is a special pleasure in that it presses all the right fear buttons even as it validates a very particular vision of reality. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    While potent and well-paced, Contagion doesn't come together as the fearsome bio-thriller it starts out to be. But it may make audiences twitchy about the guy coughing in the next row. show more

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The new year is off to a modest start with a few gems that deserved more eyeballs, but mostly middle-of-the-road fare that was forgettable at theaters and should remain so at home. Check out our picks...

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Sharon Knolle on Sep 12th, 2011 4:10PM

If you had some issues with this weekend's box office champ 'Contagion,' you're not alone. Here at Moviefone HQ, the Steven Soderbergh-directed viral disaster thriller was a hot topic of debate;...

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Gary Susman on Sep 11th, 2011 2:55PM

The mighty housemaids of 'The Help' were finally felled by a microscopic bug. Steven Soderbergh's new all-too-plausible pandemic thriller 'Contagion' ended the three-week reign of 'The Help,'...

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One reason Steven Soderbergh's new thriller 'Contagion' seems so scary is that its depiction of a worldwide viral pandemic seems all too plausible. That's no accident; Soderbergh and screenwriter...

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