Vice Reviews

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January 29, 2019
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.
January 29, 2019
Despite this ongoing fishing analogy, it never actually manages to land the big fish.
January 27, 2019
When a movie's premise is that its subject single-handedly moulded recent history, you want more depth and grandeur than this one provides.
January 26, 2019
Bale credited "Satan" for inspiration for the role, and it shows.
January 26, 2019
These days, everyone is yelling, and that includes the makers of Vice. The title has a double-meaning but I'd suggest a third: watching the film feels like having your head stuck in a...
January 25, 2019
You would struggle to find many nuances in Bale's performance, but this is a grand example of what Orson Welles used to call "King acting".
January 25, 2019
It's a skilled piece of comic acting which has the unlikely effect of making Cheney buffoonish as well as sinister... But McKay is quick to remind us what happened on Cheney's watch.
January 24, 2019
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.
January 23, 2019
Vice is a big fat mess of a film about a big fat mess (courtesy of script and make-up department) of an anti-hero.
January 23, 2019
It's an exhilarating explosion of a biopic.
January 22, 2019
It is a head-spinning shock-and-awe satire that comes in hot then cranks up the thermostat to infernal - a Molotov cocktail of biopic, documentary and black comedy, with a thrillingly short fuse.
January 22, 2019
Bale's a riot, but it's The Big Short 2.
January 18, 2019
You have to admit that this cynical and methodically researched film isn't pulling any punches.
January 7, 2019
Vice worked my last nerve. It's true, I turned on it early, but trust me when I say it did nothing to endear itself to me as it went on.
January 4, 2019
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.
January 2, 2019
... the best American film of the year, a stinging satire of which Jonathan Swift might not have been ashamed.
December 28, 2018
Vice isn't a dishonest movie, exactly. It just enables dishonesty.
December 27, 2018
Given the present partisan chasm, though, it feels nihilistic to laugh at a movie that so puckishly delights in further polarizing Republicans and Democrats.
December 27, 2018
You cannot simply sit and absorb this movie. Love it or hate it, you are one of its characters.
December 26, 2018
In Adam McKay's free-ranging, tone-shifting, darkly funny, super-meta, hit-and-miss, absurdist biopic Vice, Bale nails it as the resilient, backstabbing, front-stabbing, ruthlessly ambitious Cheney.
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