Vice

Critics Consensus

Vice takes scattershot aim at its targets, but writer-director Adam McKay hits some satisfying bullseyes -- and Christian Bale's transformation is a sight to behold.

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VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Cast

Christian Bale
as Dick Cheney
Amy Adams
as Lynne Cheney
Steve Carell
as Donald Rumsfeld
Sam Rockwell
as George W. Bush
Alison Pill
as Mary Cheney
Lily Rabe
as Liz Cheney
Tyler Perry
as Colin Powell
Justin Kirk
as Scooter Libby
LisaGay Hamilton
as Condoleezza Rice
Shea Whigham
as Wayne Vincent
Eddie Marsan
as Paul Wolfowitz
Vanessa Cloke
as CIA Analyst
Bill Camp
as Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
as Himself
Fay Masterson
as Edna Vincent
Bob Stephenson
as Rush Limbaugh
Casey Sander
as Old Crew Member
Don R. McManus
as David Addington
Barack Obama
as Himself
Adam Bartley
as Frank Luntz
John Hillner
as George H.W. Bush
Jillian Armenante
as Karen Hughes
Harvey B. Jackson
as United Nations Audience Member
Tim Winters
as Weird Heir
Pilar Holland
as Oklahoma Reporter #2
Alex Knight
as Keating Aide
Brandon Sklenar
as Bobby Prentace
Violet Hicks
as Liz Cheney (8 Years Old)
Matt Nolan
as Speaker Albert
Brandon Firla
as Jay Bybee
Mark Bramhall
as Harry Whittington
Kevin Symons
as Male News Anchor
Robert L. Hughes
as Warren E. Burger
John Burke
as Governor Keating
Rocky Bonifield
as Indiana Mom
Alina Zilbershmidt
as Choir Member
Matt Champagne
as Douglas Feith
Delpaneaux Wills
as Intelligence Officer
Nick Drago
as Congressman/Dancer
Sabina Nogic
as Tourist
Kirk Bovill
as Henry Kissinger
Treisa Gary
as Clerk Of The House
Damon O'Daniel
as Business Person
David Fabrizio
as Lawrence Wilkerson
William Goldman
as Dennis Hastert
Abraham Justice
as Frightened Man
Amir Malaklou
as Prisoner Being Screamed At
Edward Fletcher
as Democratic Senator
Paul Perri
as Trent Lott
Rome Stephens
as Osama Bin Laden's Bodyguard
Kyle S. More
as Roger Ailes
Dustin Green
as Soldier #2
Andrea Wright
as Laura Bush
Vishesh Chachra
as Secret Service Agent
Al Wexo
as Secret Service Agent
Dayna Brand
as Pentagon Employee
Jeff Witzke
as Bill Frist
Shannon Mosley
as Secret Service Agent
Aidan Gail
as 12 Year Old Dick Cheney
Trent Walker
as Koch Brother
Chris Dougherty
as Philip Perry
Chet Grissom
as Chuck Hagel
Scott Subiono
as Cheney's Doctor
Angela Leib
as Marjorie Cheney
Holly Hawkins
as Katharine Armstrong
Melissa Schumacher
as Intelligence Officer #2
Omid Zader
as Waterboard
Liz Burnette
as Journalist
Joseph Beck
as Karl Rove
Matthew Jacobs
as Antonin Scalia
Michael DiBacco
as Man at Wedding
Allie Pratt
as Crying Woman
Grace Rowe
as Teacher
Todd Brotze
as Head of GAO
Scott Alan Smith
as Intelligence Officer
Calissa Hatfield
as Bridesmaid
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  • Mar 02, 2019
    Often glib and superficial, but I think that this is mostly an improvement over McKay's "The Big Short" which was barely a movie. Its not that "Vice" is particularly deep or offers any new insights but it feels more relevant possibly because we seem to have forgotten how much damage the Bush Presidency did to the world and I'm glad McKay went after one of its chief architects.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2019
    Despite being a bit messy and juvenile in its first half - like something made by that 13-year-old cousin of yours who just learned how to use Windows Movie Maker and is so full of himself - the film gets considerably better later, when the gimmicks become wittier and the sarcasm sharper.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2019
    McKay takes the approach of throwing spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks and what does stick is pretty good. All the acting is top-notch but the story is a little OCD. No doubt that Lynne Cheney is the power behind the throne - our own Lady Macbeth and Dick Cheney is our own Darth Vader. (1-27-19)
    John C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2019
    Political biopics are a bit of a mixed bag. But when one turns out to be a hit-piece for one of the most reviled men to set foot in the oval office, you should pay attention, even if the final result is somewhat flawed. Vice tells the story of Dick Cheney and how he became one of the most powerful men in Washington for decades. It's not flattering and is ABSOLUTELY written from a liberal standpoint. (Surprise, surprise.) Oh sure, there are humanizing moments and Vice does present him as a human being who gambled, made mistakes, and cared about the welfare of his family. But it makes no apology in telling you that Cheney is guilty in helping to create the gigantic cesspit that is American public life today. (Oh, and it points the finger directly at the audience and implicates their complacence in helping to create that nightmare.) Now let's talk about the tone of Vice. It's framed mostly as a dark comedy with absurd cutaways and a tone that is often farcical. "Breaking the fourth wall" is a term everyone says these days in the aftermath of Deadpool, but to put it simply there is NO FOURTH WALL in this film. The entire movie is direct satire and will go to insane lengths to remind you that it is. And I think that's what damaged Vice in the eyes of many critics. I think they wanted a more conventional biopic and found the humor and awkward moments irritating. The director, Adam McKay is largely responsible for its comedic bent, as one look at his filmography would quickly explain. Abstract, non-sequitur humor is kind of his shtick. That being said, the fragmented nature of Vice did irritate me especially during the second half. Many scenes felt obligatory or like small vignettes and didn't flow together well. While Christian Bale and Amy Adams as the Cheney's seems at first glance to be bad casting, they really own it. Bale gets his tics, his speech patterns, and his signature coldness down pat. And yes, his physical transformation represents the kind of commitment actors rarely bother with anymore. Adams likewise plays against her femme-fatale type as a cold and square Lady Macbeth, who is less sympathetic than her infamous husband. Steve Carell is quite entertaining as a loose cannon version of Donald Rumsfeld, and Sam Rockwell doesn't quite look like "Dubya," but he certainly sounded like him and I wished he was onscreen more often. Overall, Vice is an entertaining, albeit preachy political satire that features fine performances and a few good jokes. It was certainly more diverting than one would expect and on occasion I like to have expectations subverted, if it results in something worthwhile. I think it warrants an investigation.
    Joshua S Super Reviewer

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