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Cosmopolis Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0
    58

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    After a strong run of films during the past decade, David Cronenberg blows a tire with Cosmopolis.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Robert Pattinson must be hellbent on escaping the world of sparkly-skinned undead to take on the starring role in the leaden, obtuse and ultra-pretentious Cosmopolis.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film comes off as an elaborately didactic and overheated lecture.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    Conventional it is not. Engrossing it is.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Intense, brilliant, and complex, but not for Twilight fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cosmopolis, based on a novel by Don DeLillo, is the latest from offbeat director David Cronenberg. It's intense and complex and definitely intended for adults rather than star Robert Pattinson's Twilight-loving tween/younger teen fans, though mature teens may be interested in the film's timely themes. Sex is the biggest issue: The main character is married and sleeps with two other women over the course of one day. The sex scenes are graphic, and one features full-frontal female nudity. (Sex talk and sexual tension are pervasive throughout the film as well.) There are three sudden, shocking violent incidents involving guns, knives, and blood. Language is very infrequent but includes single uses of strong words like "f--k." And Pattinson's character drinks what appears to be vodka and brandy in two scenes, but not to drunkenness.

  • Families can talk about Cosmopolis' sexual content. How does it portray sexual relationships? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • What is the movie trying to say? What is its theme? What makes it timely?
  • Is the main character a respectable, responsible person? Is he someone to be admired or emulated?
  • Why does the main character resort to violence? Why would someone want to use violence against him?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Cosmopolis is a dense movie with many different but timely ideas about the differences between the wealthy and the lower classes. The wealthy main character has enough money to try to buy perfection, but he finds he can't have it and still longs for something -- even if it's pain. His journey isn't very clear, but it appears that he's beginning to ponder the "beauty of the lopsided." Either way, the movie is likely to inspire discussion.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: No role models; these wealthy characters are unhappy and selfish, with little regard for humanity or others' feelings.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: For the most part, violence is kept to a minimum, but there are three sudden, violent, intense moments involving stabbing and/or gunshots and blood. Also, after getting hit by a pie, the main character kicks a man in the crotch.

  • sex false5

    Sex: The main character is married and has graphic sex with two other women during the course of a day. One sex act has no nudity, but the other features full-frontal female nudity (and very nearly full-frontal male nudity, but not quite). Also strong sexual tension and talk about sex throughout.

  • language false3

    Language: Language is very infrequent but includes one or two uses of strong words like "f--k," "t-ts," and the "N" word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some scenes appear to take place in or around Times Square. Some billboard advertising can be glimpsed in the corners out of the limo windows, but it's not overt.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character drinks what appears to be vodka and, later, brandy, in his limo. Cigarettes are mentioned but never produced.

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