Theatrical Release: March 18, 2011


Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in “Limitless,” an action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination.

Dove Review

Things are not going well for Eddie (Bradley Cooper). His book deal has fallen through and the hard-luck writer’s girlfriend has broken up with him. When he takes a pill which only costs $800 a shot, his mind is able to use one hundred percent of its capabilities and he begins to write at a whirlwind pace as well as make some rewarding stock market decisions. But pay day comes later when Eddie begins suffering side effects and must continue to take the pills in order to prove to some important people that he is a man wiser than others.

Despite some good acting chops by the leads, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish, and the film promoting intellectual stimulation, and the thought of using more of one’s brain, the movie has some strong violent moments including the graphic scene of a man with a bullet wound in his head. It also contains strong language and sex outside of marriage and so regrettably we cannot recommend it for family viewing.

Content Description

Sex: A character has a few sexual affairs outside marriage and though not visually graphic the sex noises and groans can be heard; frank sexual comments; passionate kissing.
Language: G/OMG-2; J-1; F-1; A-4; Crap-2; Slang for male genitalia-1; P-1
Violence: Severed hands are seen on screen; a man is jabbed in the eye with a needle; a bullet wound is seen in man's head; guns are used and people are shot and stabbed and die; corpses are seen lying on the ground; a man's face has been repeatedly punched and looks terrible; a character is roughed up; a man beats another man with a flat-screen TV.
Drugs: A wonder drug is used several times; drinking and bar scenes; champagne; a man hides drugs; it's said a man was a drug dealer.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man; a partially rear nude statue of a woman is seen.
Other: A man is seen sitting on a toilet; a man vomits; the tattoo of a man's middle finger is seen; a few jump scenes including a man almost hit by a car.


Company: Rogue Pictures
Writer: Leslie Dixon & Alan Glynn
Director: Neil Burger
Producer: Leslie Dixon
Genre: Action
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter