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V for Vendetta Reviews

April 14, 2013
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.
April 14, 2013
This is just darkness played bright, a disposable object but hardly objectionable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 14, 2013
The dark and stylized V for Vendetta is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 22, 2013
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.
October 18, 2008
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.
April 18, 2007
The swashbuckling first hour is superior to the second, which bursts at the seams with backstory, but a rousing climax makes this the most potent piece of agitpop in years.
October 7, 2006
Feels far too starched and clean to do its source material justice.
June 24, 2006
For all its anti-establishment esprit, it's more a case of Z for Zzzz.
May 12, 2006
A welcome blast of pop subversion.
March 25, 2006
At last, there's a movie that's not afraid to look Big Brother in the eye and declare that fascism is totally uncool...V for Vendetta is dumb with a capital D.
Read More | Original Score: D
March 17, 2006
This is not the movie, and these are not the times, for sophisticated arguments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2006
V won't win the Subtlety in Film Award, but fans of '70s movies especially will recognize that it's hardly out of line with the tradition of speculative fiction during times of strife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 17, 2006
It becomes just another taste of every comic-book movie that isn't Sin City or A History of Violence. Vapid.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2006
Movie fans may be surprised to find [certain] questions being raised in a sci-fi movie. They should, instead, be appalled that it took a sci-fi movie to raise them.
March 17, 2006
[An] enjoyable -- if occasionally irresponsible -- comic-book thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
The real thrills in V for Vendetta come in its dense and vividly detailed plot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
As an action movie V for Vendetta is a dud -- far too long at nearly two and a half hours, with flat, grungy visuals, choppy editing and no sense of urgency.
March 17, 2006
As manifestoes go, this one's a beauty: draped like a funeral, smart as a whip and full of black-hearted romantic monologues and dramatically slit necks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2006
V for Vendetta has something going for it that's rare in mainstream films: It has ideas. It has questions. And even when it pretends to have answers, it also raises questions about those answers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 17, 2006
There's no denying the value of Vendetta as an argument starter, even if the basic argument -- when is terrorism justified? -- is something less than novel.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
V manages to unsettle and fascinate, riding to its conclusion on waves of unmasked outrage.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 17, 2006
Fear is just one of the powerful themes in the ka-pow, ka-boom pleasure that is V for Vendetta.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
This future-shock story about a masked avenger at war with a totalitarian British regime sags when it should zip.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2006
The movie's a handsome piece of work, dramatically powerful even when it backs into silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2006
V for Vendetta engages in lots of speechifying about the importance of ideas and the freedom to question them. Ironically, though, the movie doesn't really seem to have any ideas of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 16, 2006
First-time director James McTeigue's big, bold imagery, with slashing reds and blacks, is a close approximation of the novel's look and feel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 16, 2006
V for Vendetta wants to be a thoughtful political allegory, a chaste love story and a high-powered thriller all at the same time. It winds up being a big snooze.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2006
V for Vendetta is a piece of pulp claptrap; it has no insights whatsoever into totalitarian psychology and always settles for the cheesiest kinds of demagoguery and harangue as its emblems of evil.
March 16, 2006
The film is an intriguing thriller that asks questions likely to have a powerful effect on conscripts in the current war on terror.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2006
Gripping, intelligent and innovative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2006
V for Vendetta is not a movie of ideas so much as it is an idea mall. By the time you've gotten through it, you feel spent, loaded down and more than a little disoriented.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 16, 2006
The movie is a lot of dark, Orwellian fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2006
This futuristic nightmare grasps at the same visceral uneasiness that juiced Matrix's cult before its impact was dulled by bloated sequels.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2006
Only here and there do you find the spark and kinetic zap delivered by the first Matrix picture.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 16, 2006
The movie undercuts itself with its garishly adolescent tone.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 16, 2006
A visually sumptuous concoction that combines political allegory, bloody action, and a few stunning cinematic moments into a solid piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 15, 2006
V for Vendetta has a playful-demon vitality, but it's designed to let political adolescents of every age congratulate themselves. It's rage against the machine by the machine.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 15, 2006
Only when the script and visuals stray too far from the source does the film lose its way, getting bogged down in the mechanics of big-budget action filmmaking and ponderous dialogue as it works toward a way-too-tidy, sentimental finale.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 14, 2006
Absorbing even in its incoherence, V for Vendetta manages to make an old popular mythology new.
March 14, 2006
...a lackluster comic-book movie that thinks terrorist is a synonym for revolutionary.
March 14, 2006
V for Vendetta lands somewhere between the neo-noir freshness of the original The Matrix and the indecipherable bombast of the two sequels.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2006
The quarter-century-old disgruntled fantasies of two English comic-book artists, amplified by a powerful movie company, and ambushed by history, wind up yielding a disastrous muddle.
March 11, 2006
There are some great, brilliant action scenes, but this is more thoughtful and darker and more in the vein of Batman Begins. And that's a very good thing.
March 11, 2006
V for Vendetta, directed by James McTeigue, almost always has something going on that is actually interesting, inviting us to decode the character and plot and apply the message where we will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2006
V packs an urgent filmmaking energy that pins you to your seat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2006
Although often visually striking and undercoated by a compelling sci-fi concept, graphic-novel adaptation V for Vendetta feels flat as a storyboard.
December 21, 2005
Entertaining and solidly crafted.