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The Tourist Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 17, 2010
"Sure, the plot is preposterous, but the two stars look great, the scenery is spectacular and the supporting cast is a hoot."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 10, 2010
In a year of craptaculars, The Tourist deserves burial at the bottom of the 2010 dung heap.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 10, 2010
As for Depp, his character makes so little sense that he can hardly be blamed for blinking his way through the movie with an expression of blank-faced puzzlement that recalls Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice-presidential debate.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 10, 2010
What should have sizzled fizzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 10, 2010
Jolie! Depp! Romantic locations! Intrigue! Some movies sound too good to be true. The Tourist is one of them.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 10, 2010
The Tourist merely asks you to sit back and enjoy the ride, and then makes that task a breeze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 10, 2010
To see Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist is like watching a chemistry experiment gone horribly wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 10, 2010
Unfortunately, this is one of those movies with a twist ending that turns a character inside out, revealing earlier scenes to be essentially fraudulent and more or less invalidating one's emotional investment in the story.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
December 10, 2010
To battle the logic of the film would be to swat flies in a hurricane.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 10, 2010
Star power can cover up a multitude of shortcomings in a film. Turns out stupidity isn't one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 10, 2010
So deficient in the genre's essentials - such as witty dialogue, intriguing characters and surprising yet credible plot turns - that you're embarrassed for everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 10, 2010
Too bad most of the fun on-screen seems to be reserved for the people who actually made "The Tourist" - while all we get is a postcard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 10, 2010
Von Donnersmarck, who brilliantly depicted government surveillance in East Berlin before the fall of the wall in his earlier German film, astonishingly can't even find a way to make Interpol's spying interesting here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
December 10, 2010
The high wattage of stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie cast the film in a spotlight that would be unflattering for most movies, least of all an insubstantial, tension-free thriller like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 9, 2010
There are all kinds of bad movies in the world, but it's really only stardom that can create the exact variety of cinematic abortion we find in "The Tourist."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 9, 2010
... it's a bit of a shock to see this caliber of star power and big-budget production and location juice... yield such dismal results.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 9, 2010
When she [Angelina Jolie] first appears in a come-hither outfit and a small private smile, she looks ready for liftoff. She never ignites, and neither does the movie.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2010
There is a moment in "The Tourist" when Johnny Depp turns to Angelina Jolie and asks "Why is all this happening?" It's a question moviegoers will be asking themselves as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 9, 2010
This woefully botched mystery-adventure-thriller-caper-romance-comedy, or whatever it was meant to be, is no fun at all.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 9, 2010
Jolie is gorgeous, but photographed in reverent profile, like a Roman coin. Depp is amusingly droll, but it turns out that "mild" for this great actor looks a lot like "sleepy."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 9, 2010
Enduring "The Tourist" is like going for a ride in a sinking gondola.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 9, 2010
It may be the only movie ever to feature a bad performance by Johnny Depp, one of the best actors working in films. Who knew he could be wooden and unconvincing in a role?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 9, 2010
The good news is that Jolie and Depp accessorize nicely together. He rarely gets to spar with women in his weight class, and his slovenly approach to stardom might be the antidote for Jolie's solemnity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 9, 2010
Think about adding To Catch a Thief or Charade to your Netflix queue instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 9, 2010
As a thriller, The Tourist makes a good travelogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 9, 2010
Von Donnersmarck's meat-and-potatoes direction makes The Tourist astonishingly lifeless and awkward, reducing two of the world's biggest movie stars to something akin to shy, pimply teenagers on their first date.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 9, 2010
The Tourist is like a beautifully decorated shop window -- with no shop behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 9, 2010
Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Venice -- what more could you want from a movie? Quite a lot, actually.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
December 9, 2010
Yes, it's dreck, but we've all seen duff movies. What makes this so painfully exasperating is that 'The Tourist' is so bloody pleased with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 9, 2010
Jolie provides the sultry action, and Depp offers some sweet, goofy laughs, and in the end no one got sunburned or suffered from food poisoning.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 9, 2010
The Tourist gets sillier as the plot crawls along, its pace so slow that the movie could well put Ambien out of business once it starts showing up on late-night cable TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 9, 2010
"The Tourist" is a facsimile of a masquerade of a gloss on "Charade," and on all the lesser cinematic charades that followed in the wake of director Stanley Donen's 1963 picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 9, 2010
The plot is preposterous. So what you need is a movie that floats with bemusement above the cockamamie, and actors who tease each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 8, 2010
This zero-chemistry pairing of Angelina Jolie and Depp stands as an object lesson in the perils of succumbing to the siren call of big-time Hollywood filmmaking for a foreign director with one art house hit behind him.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 8, 2010
You go into a movie like The Tourist hoping for a feast of personality from the stars. What you get, in this case, is a waxworks version of chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: C