Weekend reviews in 140 or less: 'Contagion'
September 12th, 2011
04:01 PM ET

Weekend reviews in 140 or less: 'Contagion' and 'Warrior'

The box office results and the bulk of your awesome Twitter reviews match up this week: Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" was the No. 1 movie in the country over the weekend (although Entertainment Weekly notes that's not a huge compliment, since it was also the lowest-grossing weekend of the year).

While "Warrior," an action/drama starring Tom Hardy centered around a feuding family in the world of mixed martial arts, had fair reviews, it seems not as many of you went to see it.

@MeganWrites1 did, and she seemed to agree with many of the critics: "Good movie! It was easy to relate to the characters. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars." Time commends the film for having three "compelling" principal characters, but acknowledges that the film isn't without its flaws. The Chicago Tribune also finds the film heavy-handed and at times manipulative, but says the film's "punches" do land.

Moving on to "Contagion": Survey says a lot of you have a renewed interest and investment in washing your hands.

First, the critical reaction: Like "Warrior," the pros had fairly positive things to say, with The Washington Post calling Steven Soderbergh's thriller "a thinking man's horror movie about a viral pandemic." The review warns that "what 'Psycho' did for showers, 'Contagion' aims to do for shaking hands and shared water glasses."

As long as you don't go to the theater expecting more than a thrilling ride - which may leave you slathering on your anti-bacterial cleanser of choice as often as possible - you'll enjoy it, writes the San Francisco Chronicle. "'Contagion' doesn't transcend itself. It's an action thriller, a good one, but it doesn't take on any additional importance or meaning as it wears on - it's just a smart entertaining experience, which is enough."

But not everyone was as impressed: Critiques @Laura_Lape, "'Contagion' was anticlimactic and revisited a storyline we have seen over and over. However, the casting was incredible!" @TheMissieTheory agreed that it was a little overwrought, finding "Contagion" to be "well-made" with "great acting, yet over-informative to the point of preachy."

That lingering fear factor seemed to work on at least one of you, though. Writes @Kialuvstaz after seeing "Contagion," "I have a cold right now, and I kind of want to quarantine myself after seeing it. Also I no longer shake hands."

Do you have a review to add? Tweet us @CNNShowbiz, and if you need more than 140 characters, submit an iReport as Al Mealey did. Check out his review below:


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