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 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 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 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.
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.
December 26, 2018
Exhilarating but ultimately off-putting... The gleefully scattershot style that gave so much pleasure in The Big Short ill-befits the somber subject of Vice.
December 26, 2018
From the man who brought us "The Big Short" comes "Vice," a movie a lot like "The Big Short" that comes up a little short.
December 26, 2018
The charismatic star is tasked with playing an uncharismatic man, and at times he succeeds too well; it doesn't help that there's virtually no character development across the 132 minutes of "Vice."
Top Critic
December 26, 2018
Growling, gruff, and grumpy Bale makes the title character a lot like his Batman - basically a psychopath-turned-vigilante.
December 25, 2018
It's an ugly story of corruption... And it works, both as a comedy and a scathing indictment of Cheney.
December 25, 2018
It's an irreverent, rollicking story narrated by a guy (Jesse Plemmons) who recounts key episodes from Cheney's life - some amusing, some scary. The tonal shifts in the film are both its blessing and its curse.
December 24, 2018
The film lacks insight, ingenuity, and intensity, skimming the surface of history like a drunk guy at a holiday party who read a Wikipedia entry that he really wants to talk to you about right now.
December 24, 2018
"Vice" is quite watchable; it zips along quickly, and the cast around chameleon Bale is strong.
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