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Vanilla Sky Reviews

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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 19, 2001
A good example of what self-destructive cinematic havoc can be wrought by handing over millions of dollars to movie stars to produce their own ego trips.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 18, 2001
[A] spectacular film!
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 18, 2001
If Crowe's eyes are open, he seems to have directed most of Vanilla Sky with his mind wide shut.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 15, 2001
Who would have thought that Cameron Crowe had a movie as bad as Vanilla Sky in him?
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 14, 2001
For all the filmmakers' efforts, this project is something of an artistic albatross.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 14, 2001
A case of the vain leading the bland.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 14, 2001
What works in a quirky foreign film can look silly with expansive Hollywood treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 14, 2001
It's not really a bad film -- it couldn't be, given the high level of talent involved -- but it is a rather pointless one.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 14, 2001
A flawed film, but at times utterly engrossing.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2001
The film's aim -- to dazzle and inspire -- is sapped by Cruise's vein-popping, running-the-marathon performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 14, 2001
Stands as a genuine existential idyll, a movie that muses rather than demanding, 'Solve me.'
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 14, 2001
[Crowe] should stick to more conventional narratives and leave the cerebral gymnastics to someone who can handle them.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 14, 2001
The end isn't satisfying enough to justify their efforts and your time.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 14, 2001
[Crowe's] 'bigger is better' approach consistently misplaces the emphasis and waters down the movie's appeal.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 14, 2001
A hopeless jumble of romance, psychodrama, sci-fi and spiritual posturing.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 14, 2001
A film that, despite intriguing ideas, cleverly tricky structure and some remarkable imagery, just doesn't work.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 14, 2001
Inevitably, the film seems as hollow and pointless as David is.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 14, 2001
When [Cruise is] the boss on a project, as he was here and on Mission Impossible II, his work can feel distractingly self-conscious.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 14, 2001
There is wonderful chemistry of two quite different kinds between Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on the one hand, and Cruise and Penelope Cruz on the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 13, 2001
The Spanish feature was difficult and challenging. The American re-creation is difficult and frustrating.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2001
Crowe's version lacks the qualities that made Abre Los Ojos unforgettable and doesn't add enough of its own to ensure success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 13, 2001
What carries the movie is Mr. Cruise's impeccable marathon-man star turn.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2001
A visually dazzling but ultimately dizzying ride, a trippy suspenser that gets tripped up on its own deja vu voodoo.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 13, 2001
It's visual, it's bombastic, it tells a story that almost makes sense, and you can't get it out of your head.
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December 13, 2001
None of it makes much sense.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 13, 2001
Crowe's tantalizing film sticks with you.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2001
You're usually too busy reacting to the plot jackknifes and trying to get a handle on the characters to connect on an emotional level.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 13, 2001
At its core, an involving, sweetly touching love story, buoyed by Crowe's natural, poetic dialogue and his knack for writing characters (especially women) who feel like real people instead of plot devices.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 13, 2001
One big mushy mess of a movie.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 13, 2001
They just should've added some chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough to give the movie some texture and edge.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 12, 2001
In many ways, the story is pure Twilight Zone, but Crowe's down-to-earth approach softens and grounds it, making the characters seem more genuine, even amidst the surreal setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 11, 2001
I don't think I've ever seen a movie so hauntingly frank about being a manifestation of its star's cosmic narcissism.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2001
As pretentious as it is preposterous, Vanilla Sky needs its own wake-up call.