V for Vendetta (2006)



Critic Consensus: Visually stunning and thought-provoking, V For Vendetta's political pronouncements may rile some, but its story and impressive set pieces will nevertheless entertain.

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Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi
R (for strong violence and some language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Natalie Portman
as Evey Hammond
Stephen Rea
as Finch
John Hurt
as Chancellor Adam Sutler
Stephen Fry
as Deitrich
Rupert Graves
as Dominic
Roger Allam
as Lewis Prothero
Sinead Cusack
as Delia Surridge
John Standing
as Lilliman
Eddie Marsan
as Etheridge
Clive Ashborn
as Guy Fawkes
Emma Field Rayner
as Guy Fawkes Lover
Mark Phoenix
as Willy Fingerman
Alister Mazzotti
as Baldy Fingerman
Guy Henry
as Heyer
Ian Burfield
as Tweed Coat Fingerman
Ben Miles
as Dascomb
Billie Cook
as Little Glasses Girl
Cosima Shaw
as Patricia
Megan Gay
as BTN News Poppet
Roderick Culver
as BTN News Poppet
Chad Stahelski
as Storm Saxon
Antje Rau
as Laser Lass
Amelda Brown
as Wardrobe Mistress
Richard Campbell
as Security Guard
Patricia Gannon
as Little Glasses Girl Mum
Mark Longhurst
as Little Glasses Girl Dad
Simon Holmes
as Barman
Charles Cork
as Barfly
John Ringham
as Old Man
Jack Schouten
as Middle Class Boy
Caoimhe Murdock
as Middle Class Sister
Juliet Howland
as Middle Class Mum
Brin Rosser
as TV Executive
Raife Patrick Burchell
as Studio Technician
Joseph Rye
as Jones
Adrian Finighan
as News Anchor
Malcolm Sinclair
as Major Wilson
Bradley Steve Ford
as Evey's Brother
Selina Giles
as Evey's Mother
Carsten Hayes
as Evey's Father
Derek Hutchinson
as Bureaucrat
Grant Burgin
as Operator
Imogen Poots
as Young Valerie
Jason Griffiths
as Biology Teacher
Kyra Meyer
as Christina
Paul Antony-Barber
as Valerie's Father
Anna Farnworth
as Valerie's Mother
Simon Newby
as Tube Station News Poppet
David Merheb
as Young Man
Daniel Donaldson
as Young Black Detainee
Dulcie Smart
as Civil War News Poppet
Ian T. Dickinson
as Avian Flu News Poppet
Sophia New
as Quarantine News Poppet
Julie Brown
as Three Waters News Poppet
Gerard Gilroy
as Surveillance Man
Eamon Geoghegan
as Surveillance Man
Matthew Bates
as Finch's Fedco Man
David Leitch
as Convenience Store V
Matt Wilkinson
as Little Glasses Girl Fingerman
Martin McGlade
as Victoria Station Fingerman
Richard Laing
as Parliament Lieutenant
Michael Simkins
as Parliament General
William Tapley
as Radio Man
Simon Holmes
as Barman
Paul Antony-Barber
as Valerie's Father
Matthew Bates
as Finch's Fedco Man
Matt Wilkinson
as Little Glasses Girl Fingerman
Ben Posener
as Water Shortage News Poppet
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All Critics (238) | Top Critics (49)

Speaking of love, things go blooey instead of gooey whenever heroine and hero come close enough to touch; far from being sensual, let alone erotic, the movie proves to be not much fun at all.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Wall Street Journal
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This is just darkness played bright, a disposable object but hardly objectionable.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Globe and Mail
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The dark and stylized V for Vendetta is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
USA Today
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Just when we were ready to give up mainstream movies as braindead,along comes the controversial and gleefully subversive V for Vendetta, a piece of corporate-sponsored art that will have audiences rooting for a bomb-throwing anarchist.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
New York Post
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Whether you're mindless or Mensa, you'll find stuff here to challenge and trouble you, the way a good piece of speculative fiction should.

Full Review… | January 21, 2013
TIME Magazine
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By the movie's midpoint, the Wachowski brothers' screenplay has gotten so bogged down in back story that it takes 40 minutes for director James McTiegue to get back to the explosions that his 16-year-old target audience assumes will solve everything.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Audience Reviews for V for Vendetta


In 2005, I was blissfully enthralled by Natalie Portman in her follicular heyday, so I didn't quite appreciate the philosophical core of this visually and aurally stunning film. I love the high angle shots in the onyx, low-lit war room, with all those contemptuous whites of eyes staring up at the oppressive video feed of our corn-grilled chancellor. I love Dario Marianelli's soaring arpeggios and was surprised that I hadn't taken notice of him until "Atonement" in 2007. I love the brilliantly paced and lovingly lit second act when Evey is taken prisoner and we learn Valerie's heartbreaking story. I must also give kudos to the impressive cadre of British thespians that I was unfamiliar with before. Stephen Rea's yammy face and the smallest twitch of his lips convey Inspector Finch's every disguised exasperation at the tyrannical government he's tasked to protect, and this time around, I was truly invested in his character arc. Ben Miles of "Coupling" is also quite high of power and forehead. Natalie Portman's accent falls off at times, but the lispiness seems at least consistent, and her performance throughout is every bit as good as her Oscar-winning one, though I do think she plays too coy during her "confession" with Father Lilliman so that she seems to be toying with him to aid in V's plan instead of seeking asylum for herself.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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One of the best movies of 2006. Smart, with a lot of things to say about the current state of the world. It has great dialogues, a good cast, decent action and some really touching scenes. Especially Valerie's story and the domino montage towards the end are spine-chilling sequences that make this movie unforgettable. Excellent!

Jens S.
Jens S.

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