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The Tourist Reviews

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January 25, 2016
I don't know who didn't pay who off to have such a bad review of this movie posted everywhere. I enjoyed it a great deal. Some of the criticisms are valid, but it was a great popcorn movie.
½ November 28, 2015
The scenery is gorgeous, but the plot is weak. In addition, the chemistry between the two leads is among the worst I have ever seen. Even the most casual of movie watchers will notice, and that breaks this attractive on the surface movie.
September 23, 2015
Only good thing to look at was Angelina Jolie...
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½ September 9, 2015
Angie Jolie and Johnny Depp in sort of a homage to the adventure/intrigue film jaunts of the late 60s. Venice is the postcard backdrop, along with snazzy hotels and parties and glitterati dressed to the nines. A couple of Bond actors show up to solidify the connection, should one have missed it. The whole shebang's only missing one thing: a leading male. Depp seems to be playing an entirely different movie than everyone else onscreen. Did the director assign this role, or did Depp choose it? Whatever is going on, its as if he could care less what is going on about him, and soon you agree with him.
½ August 3, 2015
A classy genius film from Florian. It stars slowly but gathers speeds and end up with a good ending. What's not to love in this action thriller film, with actors such as Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and some stunning cinematography and a pretty good storyline and ending.
½ July 23, 2015
This movie was kind of slow. Just a little bit of action in the middle but that was about it.
June 28, 2015
Yuck. It is terrible. How can you not get killed by 3 men shooting at you in the narrow canals of Venice! No chemistry. Depp's hairstyle is horrible. I watched it for the photography. However interesting twist. So upgraded from not interested to 3 stars!
½ June 15, 2015
I suppose the Depp downfall started with this dog and has only garnered momentum in the year's since. It's hard to describe how banal and lackluster this film is, despite the assumed star-power and plethora of exotic locations. Every character is a cardboard cutout, the dialogue contrived, and the big plot twist totally telegraphed from early on. When the highlight of a movie are the myriad of ways Angelina Jolie's lips are showcased, you know you're in big trouble. Thankfully, the film's 90-minute run-time provides some mercy.
June 12, 2015
I liked it. A fun romp through beautiful Venice with some lovely faces to watch as well, Depp and Jolie. The chemistry was there, subtle but there. Enjoyable!
May 25, 2015
Yes, The Tourist is not a classic. But it is neither slow, nor muddled. For those with short attention spans, who expect more action, perhaps louder action with high decibel levels and overwhelming special effects, this is not one of those films. It uses subtlety and nuance, and has an interesting plot. It makes more sense than The DaVinci Code. It is beautiful, and there is enough chemistry between Depp and Jolie to make it believable. I enjoy this film time and again.
May 24, 2015
Gorgeous movie with gorgeous actors, pure eye candy. Always fun to watch Paul Betting, too! Good chemistry between Depp and Jolie, I thought it was romantic.
½ May 17, 2015
Can it get any sexier than Jolie and Jonny
April 20, 2015
Depp and Jolie don't sizzle onscreen together like they should, nor can the beauty of Venice or the actors themselves can boost the slack, messy story.
½ March 31, 2015
A film that uses such talent as this should have been equipped with a much better script for these A-Listers. The premise is adequate but seems to drag as it goes along and ends up as just a decent film, one that doesn't quite know what genre it fits in. Jolie and Depp give the film the lift in rating it wouldn't have gotten otherwise. Recommended for those who enjoy good performances from the leads and a decent spy thriller/comedy/romance with a nice twist. C
March 29, 2015
Almost everything about this tired spy flick feels forced, unnatural, and silly, but it finally outdoes itself in the final twenty minutes with a twist that proves the first eighty minutes were indeed a massive waste of time.
March 14, 2015
Bland and a Plot Seen coming From a Mile Away.
½ March 11, 2015
A bad performance from both stars makes it lack the thrill of the best Mystery movies.
½ February 10, 2015
This movie was produced like this: "Let's get the two sexiest guys of Hollywood and write a movie for them. We shall not care much about the plot". Entertaining, with some very silly scenes. Jolie is lovely.
February 5, 2015
I totally guessed the twist of the whole movie from the very first shot. I can understand why people didn't like this movie, but I am an easy person to please when it comes to watching something so I was entertained. And side note to Johnny Depp, please look good like you did in this movie. I want more HOT Johnny Depp!
½ January 30, 2015
The premise is fantastic: two of the world's biggest, hottest stars combine in an action-packed, humour-filled adventure in Venice. That's partly right. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp are both just as they are described. The rest of the film's description is completely wrong. Action-packed? Hardly. It may have scenes which would like to call themselves action sequences, but that's just an insult to the genre. You may find a moment or two to laugh, but humour-filled? Please. What we are presented with is a dull, uninteresting, life-sucking 2 hours of Johnny Depp trying to be the only good thing about the film (he is) and Angelina Jolie swanning about with the same expression on her face trying to be sophisticated and suave (she isn't), coupled with a lacklustre script, barely adequate direction, terrible editing and a boring soundtrack. All in all, this film sucks. 

When Elise Ward (Jolie) receives a message from Alexander Pearce, her partner-in-hiding, directing her to lead her tail on a wild goose chase to Venice, she obliges, using Frank Tupelo (Depp) as a fake Pearce in order to throw them off the scent. What results is a sadly underwhelming case of mistaken identity as the police go from believing that Frank is Pearce to believing that he's Frank and back again, all the while revealing the most tired twists in the book about our characters. By the time the end rolls around, if you haven't already fallen asleep, you'll be ready to strangle someone as they bring about their most condescending trick of all. It's an insult to the intelligence of their audience that the filmmakers believe that an audience would not only be taken in by such a trick, but in awe of their trickiness. 

The script is dismal. With two, maybe three, good lines to its name, it is consistently bland, always dull and never more than slightly entertaining. It serves only to get the story from one place to another and anything else is obviously too strenuous for the writers. In fact, every line that raises more than a chuckle can be found in the trailer, which makes the actual experience of watching the film even more depressing. 

Making the script even worse is the direction. It's slow, confused and seems to have been phoned in or made into work experience for a first year film and tv student. Strange seeing as Donnersmarck's other notable work, The Lives of Others, is widely acclaimed as incredible, particularly for its fantastic direction. The editing is heavy, lingering on every boring shot for what seems to be an eternity each time. A rooftop chase which should be thrilling and fraught with danger comes off as, once again, bland and dull. Nothing comes off as it should and the whole venture seems misjudged and all over the place tonally. 

Jolie and Depp don't ever seem to know what they should be doing. Depp makes the most of it however, being his usual quirky self, but Angelina seems to have lost all other expressions bar one which she wears the entire time. It's strange that a woman nominated for an Oscar for her incredible turn in Changeling would be capable of such a lacklustre performance. Though, to be fair, she didn't have too much to work with in light of the dreadful script. Paul Bettany is similarly dreadful as Inspector Acheson, the kind of officer who could only exist in a film. Timothy Dalton's part is cut far too short, as he almost steals the film away from everyone with less than ten minutes of screen time. But in general, the acting leaves a lot to be desired. You almost miss the ridiculously over-the-top performances that Depp has offered up in the past. Almost. 

All in all, this film will insult your intelligence, bore you to death and frustrate you to death by the time its ridiculous ending rolls around. DO NOT WATCH! 

Defining Scene: 
From the slew of terrible scenes, its gonna be tough to find the best one, but it might be the first train meeting. Maybe.
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