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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.

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Christian Bale
as Dick Cheney
Amy Adams
as Lynne Cheney
Steve Carell
as Donald Rumsfeld
Sam Rockwell
as George W. Bush
Tyler Perry
as Colin Powell
Alison Pill
as Mary Cheney
Lily Rabe
as Liz Cheney
Eddie Marsan
as Paul Wolfowitz
Justin Kirk
as Scooter Libby
LisaGay Hamilton
as Condoleezza Rice
Shea Whigham
as Wayne Vincent
Bill Camp
as Gerald Ford
Fay Masterson
as Edna Vincent
Kirk Bovill
as Henry Kissinger
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Critic Reviews for Vice

All Critics (332) | Top Critics (44)

  • What is perhaps most remarkable about Bale's and Adams's performances is that they supply depth and nuance to a film whose director appears to have had no appetite for either quality.

    Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • When a movie's premise is that its subject single-handedly moulded recent history, you want more depth and grandeur than this one provides.

    Jan 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a more ambitious political satire...Because it's about real people, real politicians and real deranged ambitions, and it places much of the blame for today's geopolitical ills...directly at their door. Oh, and it's also very funny.

    Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Bale's a riot, but it's The Big Short 2.

    Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You have to admit that this cynical and methodically researched film isn't pulling any punches.

    Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In theory, there's no reason why this approach shouldn't work -- if the jokes were better and the black comedy was blacker. But McKay isn't really interested in Cheney as anything but a target.

    Jan 4, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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