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Vantage Point Reviews


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 12, 2011
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

March 7, 2008
David Denby
New Yorker
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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 Source: New Yorker

February 25, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 22, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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An overplotted, gimmicky presidential-assassination thriller, its interlocking pieces have to fit just so for it to stay coherent and ratchet up the tension.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

February 22, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Travis dutifully pastes the story-shards together, but he and the actors are hamstrung by a script that's so busy piling on the twists that it never pauses to consider what they mean.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

February 22, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Director Pete Travis keeps things grim and gritty and moving.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A gimmick in search of its own point.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

February 22, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Chugging forward and chundering back, the movie keeps promising to whip up something hellishly complicated, but what keeps the movie going for an hour and a half is not a complicated plot but a stingy way of dribbling out information.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 22, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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While it's no classic, Vantage Point is well worth a look.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Initially intriguing and energetic, this film ends up demonstrating that a good script needs to be more than a clever concept and fine direction must be more than moving things fast.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 22, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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A nice, straightforward, good old-fashioned geopolitical conspiracy thriller with no pretentions.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The problem with Vantage Point is that the rapid-rewind technique keeps interfering with the thriller's momentum.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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You can watch a Bugs Bunny cartoon from 10 different angles, and it's still a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Vantage Point is a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

February 22, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Vantage Point makes nice use of the heft of Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver in a story in which an assassination followed by an explosion gets revisited from eight points of view.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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If you're up for good nihilist entertainment, look no further.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 22, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Reduces global terrorism to a Rubik's Cube suitable for an evening's entertainment. If that doesn't make you vaguely ill, by all means take this thriller for the shallow, gimmicky "ride" it aspires to be.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 22, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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What is the real crime? Why, beating the audience about the ears, eyes and brain with essentially the same sequence of events from eight characters' points of view, none of which adds much more than deafening hysteria and identically dreadful music.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 22, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The filmmakers hook us and reel us in during 90 breathless minutes.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2008
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Straight out of the slice-and-dice school of filmmaking, Vantage Point fractures chronology and perspective in a vain attempt to disguise its flimsiness.

February 21, 2008
Justin Chang
Variety
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A 23-minute movie dragged out, via some narrative gimmickry, to a punishing hour and a half.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 21, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The information sorting and gathering required by Barry L. Levy's screenplay feels like night school as opposed to a great night out at the movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 21, 2008
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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An assassination thriller that boasts the glossy tourist vistas of an airline magazine combined with a serious case of instant-replay-itis.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

February 21, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Vantage Point offers a modicum of entertainment but it requires viewers to react more forcefully from the gut than the mind. It's viscerally effective but lobotomized.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2008
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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The bones of a good idea for a conspiracy thriller lie buried in the corpse of Vantage Point. It feels more like a movie with a personality disorder.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 21, 2008
John Anderson
Washington Post
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The question regarding Vantage Point is how this thriller with the Groundhog Day fixation was allowed to meander out of Columbia Pictures so overloaded with bad acting.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 21, 2008
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Nothing in Vantage Point quickens the pulse as much as the realization that, with each successive turn of the wheel, we come one step closer to the end.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 21, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The problem with Vantage Point, or at least one problem, is that it depends too much on coincidence. The film relies on things breaking a certain way for nearly every plot advancement.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2008
David Germain
Associated Press
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The assassination thriller Vantage Point might have been a triumph of form over content, technique over substance, if only there were anything worthy about its form or technique.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 20, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The director, Pete Travis, is a pulse-pounding technological showman whose high-strung, quick-cut style might be described as JFK meets Paul Greengrass meets Jerry Bruckheimer. That said, it's not the plot that thickens -- it's the pulp.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

February 20, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The sense of dj vu I had watching so many runaway vehicles crashing and smashing through the narrow cobblestone Spanish streets only reminded me how much more fun I've had watching the running of the bulls in Pamplona.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

February 20, 2008
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