'Contagion' Reviews Will Make You Feel Dirty

gwyneth paltrow cantagionI am a germophobe. Mostly, my freakish tendencies kick in at the gym when I see people leave the machines without wiping them down (shudder). Director Steven Soderbergh's newest movie, Contagion, comes out in theaters today, and it pretty much documents my biggest nightmare. Germs + viruses + global epidemic = I'm tweeking out already.

Sure, the germs may freak me out. But with a star-studded cast including Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, and Jude Law, it's got to be worth a shot, right? See what the critics have to say in their Contagion reviews:

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Manohla Dargis, The New York Times:

Contagion, Steven Soderbergh's smart, spooky thriller about a thicket of contemporary plagues -- a killer virus, rampaging fear, an unscrupulous blogger -- is as ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

All of this works as drama. It might have been useful if Soderbergh had explained viruses more clearly as a life form that is not hostile to us, but concerned with other life forms only as its means of survival.

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:

This may not fit any conventional definition of entertainment, but it certainly keeps your eyes on the screen.

Matt Stevens, E Online!:

Forget Purell! Germophobes will want to bathe in bleach and move into a bubble after watching this ... Unnerving imagery and an A-list ensemble boost the disease pic's potency, but Contagion isn't immune to the unfocused, overambitious story, which diminishes its impact.

I'm feeling queasy. If you're braver than I, then take a looksee at the chilling Contagion trailer:
Will you be seeing Contagion this weekend?

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