Vanilla Sky Reviews

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February 26, 2019
I now find Cruise tolerable only when he's in a movie that undercuts or ridicules his narcissism--as Eyes Wide Shut did and as this movie does even more noticeably.
October 25, 2018
Vanilla Sky is nearly identical to the 1997 Spanish film it's based on, except it's set in Manhattan instead of Madrid and has a much better soundtrack.
March 31, 2008
The real mystery here is why a filmmaker as talented and unique as Crowe would want to devote several years of his life to recreating someone else's movie.
January 21, 2002
A tremendously vivid work which rewards patience and attention with a wonderful and exhilarating resonance.
Top Critic
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.
December 18, 2001
[A] spectacular film!
December 18, 2001
If Crowe's eyes are open, he seems to have directed most of Vanilla Sky with his mind wide shut.
December 15, 2001
Who would have thought that Cameron Crowe had a movie as bad as Vanilla Sky in him?
December 14, 2001
For all the filmmakers' efforts, this project is something of an artistic albatross.
December 14, 2001
A case of the vain leading the bland.
December 14, 2001
What works in a quirky foreign film can look silly with expansive Hollywood treatment.
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.
December 14, 2001
A flawed film, but at times utterly engrossing.
December 14, 2001
The film's aim -- to dazzle and inspire -- is sapped by Cruise's vein-popping, running-the-marathon performance.
December 14, 2001
Stands as a genuine existential idyll, a movie that muses rather than demanding, 'Solve me.'
December 14, 2001
[Crowe] should stick to more conventional narratives and leave the cerebral gymnastics to someone who can handle them.
December 14, 2001
The end isn't satisfying enough to justify their efforts and your time.
December 14, 2001
[Crowe's] 'bigger is better' approach consistently misplaces the emphasis and waters down the movie's appeal.
December 14, 2001
A hopeless jumble of romance, psychodrama, sci-fi and spiritual posturing.
December 14, 2001
A film that, despite intriguing ideas, cleverly tricky structure and some remarkable imagery, just doesn't work.
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