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.
December 29, 2010
Some surface appeal, but ultimately vacant.
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.
December 15, 2005
Vanilla Sky is one of the most challenging films of the year. It is thought provoking, mysterious, complex, nerve racking, beautiful, creepy, funny and a trip deliriously all its own.
May 9, 2002
A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The problem is, the mystery and the enigma are in one movie, and the riddle’s in an entirely different movie.
February 5, 2002
An alienating portrait of alienation, a study of hollow lifestyles and phoney dreams that sometimes feels hollow and phoney itself.
January 21, 2002
A tremendously vivid work which rewards patience and attention with a wonderful and exhilarating resonance.
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 17, 2001
This movie has a lot of surface appeal, but at its core it is as vacant as the story's main character.
December 16, 2001
A film that you can take home and chew over later, both abrasive in its loudness and reflective in its fleeting, feminine moments of silence.
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.
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