Vantage Point Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A gimmick in search of its own point.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    John Anderson — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A nice, straightforward, good old-fashioned geopolitical conspiracy thriller with no pretentions.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • If you're up for good nihilist entertainment, look no further.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • The filmmakers hook us and reel us in during 90 breathless minutes.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • While it's no classic, Vantage Point is well worth a look.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The sense of deja 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.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • A 23-minute movie dragged out, via some narrative gimmickry, to a punishing hour and a half.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • 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.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • An overplotted, gimmicky presidential-assassination thriller, its interlocking pieces have to fit just so for it to stay coherent and ratchet up the tension.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Philip Marchand — Toronto Star

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