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Vantage Point (2008)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 100

Critics Consensus: Vantage Point has an interesting premise that is completely undermined by fractured storytelling and wooden performances.

24%
Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Vantage Point has an interesting premise that is completely undermined by fractured storytelling and wooden performances.

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User Ratings: 372,967

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Movie Info

Eight strangers with eight different points of view try to unlock the one truth behind an assassination attempt on the president of the United States. Thomas Barnes and Kent Taylor are two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton at a landmark summit on the global war on terror. When President Ashton is shot moments after his arrival in Spain, chaos ensues and disparate lives collide in the hunt for the assassin. In the crowd is Howard Lewis, an American tourist who thinks he's … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
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Written By:
Barry L. Levy
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 1, 2008
Box Office:
$72.3M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Releasing - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Vantage Point

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (100) | DVD (8)

Although mounted with no little efficiency by director Pete Travis (who previously made the TV drama-doc 'Omagh'), the narrative enterprise actually hides a one-dimensional world view, with civilian casualties mere background set dressing.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Is it art? Not remotely. But, up to the final scenes, it's a tremendous piece of engineering. And the hurtling force of Vantage Point is fun to watch.

Full Review… | February 25, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

While the title, trailer and commercials imply that we'll be carefully piecing together clues to a complex assassination attempt as seen from several perspectives, the final product turns out to be a tepid thriller that promises more than it delivers.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Vantage Point is a thriller that has quite a lot on its mind. The very structure of the movie challenges the audience's patience, if not its wit.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

All this visual caffeine is in service to a story that isn't worth telling, and that too frequently resorts to the cheap technique of putting an adorable little girl in peril, then cutting away.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

When everything is finally revealed, the story Vantage Point tells is fairly pedestrian, and nothing special is gained from all the stopping and restarting.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Is it too much to ask for procedural thrillers like Vantage Point to connect all their dots before the closing credits?

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

Vantage Point is a patented representative of this year's early mediocrity. Vantage Point is trailer trash.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

For movies like Vantage Point, life is too short.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
Projection Booth

Although based around a familiar, Rashomon-style concept, Vantage Point ratchets up its intensity so effectively that the lack of originality hardly matters.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
Screendaily

If you are looking for mindless action, it's not bad. But since this is trying to be something more than that, I can't quite recommend it.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

The whodunit-with-terrorist-undertones doesn't test, shock or surprise the audience in any unique way.

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It swears it's being clever yet refuses to trust the audience.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008
eFilmCritic.com

Asks us to believe the terrorists would, after slaughtering countless people, risk their entire plan--and their very lives--on...well, I won't say. But from my vantage point, it was ridiculous.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
Groucho Reviews

[Vantage Point is] a puzzle cut by a drunken, three-fingered jigsaw operator who lost a few pieces and chewed on a few others.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008
Paste Magazine

To fall for Vantage Point you have to throw away any connection to reality.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Windy City Times

If you thought 24's perspective on terrorism was, well, limited, get ready to groan. The meat and potatoes of Vantage Point -- the suicide bomb explosions, the bloody fisticuffs and blaring car chases -- are indeed awesome, and that's what truly matters f

Full Review… | April 15, 2008

Those inclined to scrutinize the logic of Barry Levy's screenplay are likely to come away as baffled by its farfetched twists as amused by its bombastic excesses.

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Vantage Point takes a pretty high concept, dribbles a bunch of red herrings all over it, and makes things go boom, reaping better yields than the average TV show.

Full Review… | March 29, 2008

When you wrap a movie around a gimmick, the wrapping better be taut and engaging or the gimmick falls flat.

Full Review… | March 27, 2008
Atlantic City Weekly

As Vantage Point becomes increasingly busy with personal betrayals and redemptions, the ostensible politics, reductive to begin with, fall by the wayside.

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
PopMatters

Vantage Point is a tense and imaginative thriller that reels you in the longer it goes along, only to lose focus in the last 15 minutes. This final reel misstep is a shame, but it's not enough to ruin all the good work that's come before it.

Full Review… | March 20, 2008
Empire Magazine Australasia

With a little more work this could have been a first-rate thriller along the lines of the Bourne films, because the concept is intriguing and our interest is held for a significant part of the film.

Full Review… | March 19, 2008
At the Movies (Australia)

There's roughly 20 minutes of story here, and no matter how many times they stop and start over again from an even more preposterous angle, it's still going to play out like a lousy episode of 24.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Philadelphia Weekly

If you're watching for perfectly matched action you're not into the mystery and you probably aren't going to be very sympathetic to the effort involved.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Cinema Signals

Writer Barry Levy has added some snap, crackle and pop to what would otherwise be a routine action film had it been presented in chronological order.

Full Review… | March 16, 2008
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Vantage Point

½

A completely new concept to me to film the movie shooting the same part from several different characters views till you ran it all together at the end. A good action ride and kept me watching the whole time.

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

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An average storyline but an entertaining thriller. By no means impressive but the way the story was told was actually quite well done. It is cleverly told by different characters perspectives and is suspenseful like a good action thriller should be.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

An interesting cinematic idea saddled with a typical script yet lightened by a good cast. The President, fighting terrorism, is under threat by some clever radical elements yet protected by a do or die Secret Service man ... wonder how it turns out?

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Vanatage Point is a well shot, implausible and mostly diverting puzzle. Like Kurosawa's 'Rashomon' it tells its story through (I think) seven different character perspectives, in the same 10 or so minute time frame, repeated in succession. Unlike Rashomon, the story is the same each time, with some additional details. Plus, the characters in Vantage Point are one dimensional cardboard. What makes Rashomon much more interesting is that in Kurosawa's film we don't know which characters' viewpoint is true and what is not. They are self serving. In this, it's all true and consistent, and all silly.

The only meaty role here is played by Dennis Quaid, who plays a guilt ridden secret service man (he took a bullet for the President) who wants redemption for some reason, even though he's a hero. William Hurt as President and Sigourney Weaver as the TV news director have very little to challenge them and very little complexity. The terrorists are mostly interchangeable.

Director Pete Travis directs the mayhem, car chases and terrorist action beautifully. What falls down here is the silly puzzle script which is more frustrating since most people will sit through the whole thing, hoping for a interesting resolution and will be utterly let down at the end. You realize in the last ten mintues that you've been wasting your time. If you rent this and you turn your brain off, it can be a diverting ninety minutes. Bring lots of snack foods, they'll give you more sustenance than this forgettable thriller.

Josh Morris
Josh Morris

Super Reviewer

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