Vanilla Sky Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Reverse Shot
October 25, 2011
Crowe asks the viewer to absorb this more viscerally than intellectually; how much one enjoys (or even accepts) the experience will likely depend on the extent to which one is willing to do so.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Some surface appeal, but ultimately vacant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
November 22, 2010
Cameron Crowe's vinyl-collector version of "Jacob's Ladder" is a daring gamble paying off even when ambition exceeds his grasp. The subconscious can boil over with too much pop culture poured in. Keep that in mind, and it will have you at "What the hell?"
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2007
This is a whole new palette for Crowe, and his excitement rubs off on us.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Vanilla Sky turns out to be a rousing, exhilarating entertainment, thanks mostly to Cruise's balls-to-the-wall performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Expect top notch work by Cruise, Crowe and Co.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 24, 2004
The film is seamless, surprising and erotic, mixing the best elements of romance, sci fi and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
... A psychological thriller that will keep you guessing even after you've left the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Crowe had a huge budget, and he uses it gloriously.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
March 13, 2003
You mightn't see its like from mainstream Hollywood for some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...A seriously weird and intriguing psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Perhaps the greatest mystery in Cruise-Crowe mindbender is why it doesn't quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
A great cast, a decent soundtrack and some memorable scenes make it ultimately worth watching. (But see the original if at all humanly possible.)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
For all its shortcomings, Vanilla Sky exerts a hypnotic, otherwordly attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
An engrossing and tempestous journey into the abyss of the mind.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
July 26, 2002
It's intricate, true, yet surprisingly easy to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Paul Salfen
Supercala.com
July 9, 2002
...not the typical flashy blockbuster Tom Cruise fans may have come to expect.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 3, 2002
A mature, intelligent thriller that bends the audience's perceptions and expectations with every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 20, 2002
As the story gets darker and heavier, the film really grabs hold in a powerful way, as long as we can let ourselves be carried along until the complex conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
May 25, 2002
One of the year's best...after the second or third viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

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December 15, 2003
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March 24, 2002

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February 26, 2002

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January 26, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
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Critical Eye
December 28, 2001
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December 15, 2001
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Philadelphia City Paper
December 14, 2001
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