Jeremy Lebens of The Media Stomp wrote "Ever wonder what if feels like to make a very average movie that tries a little too hard to be anything but? Ask director Neil Burger. Burger is the director of Limitless and to be honest, the title of the movie should have been pointless. It's not a horrible movie by any means, but it felt like wasted potential. They had a decent director with a great cast and they manage to make a middle of the line type film. Its visuals and flare couldn't cover up the shallow story that brought the movie down. I give them credit for trying a lot of different things and for making a movie based off a very interesting concept, but it just didn't work."