"Contagion" is here; will you see it?

Matt Damon in "Contagion" Claudette Barius

Matt Damon in "Contagion"
Claudette Barius

(CBS) "Contagion" opens Friday. Are you going to see it? Do stories about viruses really, really freak you out? Have you forgotten how bad "Outbreak" is?

The movie, about a killer virus that travels the globe, has the critics saying "Meh," along with lots of it-could-have-been-betters (and a few raves). In the Atlantic, the sub-headline says it all. "Impeccably cast and directed by Stephen Soderbergh, the film nonetheless feels impersonal."

In The Faster Times, Jonathan Kiefer writes, "'Contagion' is the name of the film because it's also the name of the most developed character. That might seem unfair to the other characters, but such is the nature of the disaster-movie beast."

How does one make a bunch of scientists tracking a disease interesting? Good question. Claudia Puig writes in USA Today, "The first half of the film builds a haunting sense of dread. But once the medical community steps in to find a cure and players start to multiply as fast as infectious germs, the tension in this peripatetic docudrama dials down."

E! Online gives the movie a B-.

For Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, the film works. She writes the film "is as ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center."

Are you seeing "Contagion"? Let us know in the comments. And  come back here Monday to see  how it fared in t he weekend box office.

  • David Riedel

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