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Vanilla Sky Reviews

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December 25, 2015
The resulting film may be Crowe's most adventurous yet; the punchlines don't cheapen the drama, the way they did in Almost Famous, and the music, much of which sounds like it is played backwards, augments the film's time-tripping, mind-bending narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 22, 2015
This isn't a typically dumbed-down rehash and, as such, it dissatisfied the rank and file of multiplex moviegoers but earned the appreciation of adventurous film fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Nordine
Reverse Shot
October 25, 2011
Crowe asks the viewer to absorb this more viscerally than intellectually; how much one enjoys (or even accepts) the experience will likely depend on the extent to which one is willing to do so.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Some surface appeal, but ultimately vacant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
November 22, 2010
Cameron Crowe's vinyl-collector version of "Jacob's Ladder" is a daring gamble paying off even when ambition exceeds his grasp. The subconscious can boil over with too much pop culture poured in. Keep that in mind, and it will have you at "What the hell?"
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2007
This is a whole new palette for Crowe, and his excitement rubs off on us.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Vanilla Sky turns out to be a rousing, exhilarating entertainment, thanks mostly to Cruise's balls-to-the-wall performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Expect top notch work by Cruise, Crowe and Co.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 24, 2004
The film is seamless, surprising and erotic, mixing the best elements of romance, sci fi and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
... A psychological thriller that will keep you guessing even after you've left the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Crowe had a huge budget, and he uses it gloriously.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
March 13, 2003
You mightn't see its like from mainstream Hollywood for some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...A seriously weird and intriguing psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Perhaps the greatest mystery in Cruise-Crowe mindbender is why it doesn't quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
A great cast, a decent soundtrack and some memorable scenes make it ultimately worth watching. (But see the original if at all humanly possible.)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
For all its shortcomings, Vanilla Sky exerts a hypnotic, otherwordly attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
An engrossing and tempestous journey into the abyss of the mind.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
July 26, 2002
It's intricate, true, yet surprisingly easy to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Paul Salfen
Supercala.com
July 9, 2002
...not the typical flashy blockbuster Tom Cruise fans may have come to expect.
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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 3, 2002
A mature, intelligent thriller that bends the audience's perceptions and expectations with every scene.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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