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Vantage Point Reviews

March 7, 2008
Although mounted with no little efficiency by director Pete Travis (who previously made the TV drama-doc 'Omagh'), the narrative enterprise actually hides a one-dimensional world view, with civilian casualties mere background set dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
February 25, 2008
Is it art? Not remotely. But, up to the final scenes, it's a tremendous piece of engineering. And the hurtling force of Vantage Point is fun to watch.
February 22, 2008
While the title, trailer and commercials imply that we'll be carefully piecing together clues to a complex assassination attempt as seen from several perspectives, the final product turns out to be a tepid thriller that promises more than it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2008
Vantage Point is a thriller that has quite a lot on its mind. The very structure of the movie challenges the audience's patience, if not its wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2008
All this visual caffeine is in service to a story that isn't worth telling, and that too frequently resorts to the cheap technique of putting an adorable little girl in peril, then cutting away.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2008
When everything is finally revealed, the story Vantage Point tells is fairly pedestrian, and nothing special is gained from all the stopping and restarting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 22, 2008
An overplotted, gimmicky presidential-assassination thriller, its interlocking pieces have to fit just so for it to stay coherent and ratchet up the tension.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 22, 2008
Travis dutifully pastes the story-shards together, but he and the actors are hamstrung by a script that's so busy piling on the twists that it never pauses to consider what they mean.
Read More | Original Score: C-
February 22, 2008
Director Pete Travis keeps things grim and gritty and moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
A gimmick in search of its own point.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 22, 2008
Chugging forward and chundering back, the movie keeps promising to whip up something hellishly complicated, but what keeps the movie going for an hour and a half is not a complicated plot but a stingy way of dribbling out information.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 22, 2008
While it's no classic, Vantage Point is well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
Initially intriguing and energetic, this film ends up demonstrating that a good script needs to be more than a clever concept and fine direction must be more than moving things fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2008
A nice, straightforward, good old-fashioned geopolitical conspiracy thriller with no pretentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
The problem with Vantage Point is that the rapid-rewind technique keeps interfering with the thriller's momentum.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2008
You can watch a Bugs Bunny cartoon from 10 different angles, and it's still a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Vantage Point is a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 22, 2008
Vantage Point makes nice use of the heft of Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver in a story in which an assassination followed by an explosion gets revisited from eight points of view.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
If you're up for good nihilist entertainment, look no further.
February 22, 2008
Reduces global terrorism to a Rubik's Cube suitable for an evening's entertainment. If that doesn't make you vaguely ill, by all means take this thriller for the shallow, gimmicky "ride" it aspires to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 22, 2008
What is the real crime? Why, beating the audience about the ears, eyes and brain with essentially the same sequence of events from eight characters' points of view, none of which adds much more than deafening hysteria and identically dreadful music.
February 22, 2008
The filmmakers hook us and reel us in during 90 breathless minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2008
Barry Levy's script slavers for comparisons to Rashomon but misses the point. Akira Kurosawa argued that truth was slippery; Levy believes there's one answer, he just likes withholding it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 21, 2008
Straight out of the slice-and-dice school of filmmaking, Vantage Point fractures chronology and perspective in a vain attempt to disguise its flimsiness.
February 21, 2008
A 23-minute movie dragged out, via some narrative gimmickry, to a punishing hour and a half.
February 21, 2008
The information sorting and gathering required by Barry L. Levy's screenplay feels like night school as opposed to a great night out at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2008
An assassination thriller that boasts the glossy tourist vistas of an airline magazine combined with a serious case of instant-replay-itis.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2008
Vantage Point offers a modicum of entertainment but it requires viewers to react more forcefully from the gut than the mind. It's viscerally effective but lobotomized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 21, 2008
The bones of a good idea for a conspiracy thriller lie buried in the corpse of Vantage Point. It feels more like a movie with a personality disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 21, 2008
The question regarding Vantage Point is how this thriller with the Groundhog Day fixation was allowed to meander out of Columbia Pictures so overloaded with bad acting.
February 21, 2008
Nothing in Vantage Point quickens the pulse as much as the realization that, with each successive turn of the wheel, we come one step closer to the end.
February 21, 2008
The problem with Vantage Point, or at least one problem, is that it depends too much on coincidence. The film relies on things breaking a certain way for nearly every plot advancement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2008
The assassination thriller Vantage Point might have been a triumph of form over content, technique over substance, if only there were anything worthy about its form or technique.
February 20, 2008
The director, Pete Travis, is a pulse-pounding technological showman whose high-strung, quick-cut style might be described as JFK meets Paul Greengrass meets Jerry Bruckheimer. That said, it's not the plot that thickens -- it's the pulp.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 20, 2008
The sense of déjà vu I had watching so many runaway vehicles crashing and smashing through the narrow cobblestone Spanish streets only reminded me how much more fun I've had watching the running of the bulls in Pamplona.