“Potent Thriller With Brainless Writing”
“The Old Without Any New”
“The Trails Of Suspicion Will Have Its Vulnerable "point" With The People You Actually Trust!”
“... The Last Half Hour Flies By With Breathless Intensity.”
“What Did You See?”
“Recently Watched This One.”
“The President Has Been Shot...”
“I Really Liked It”
“Theres A Bomb”
“Worth Your Time.”
“Time Warp ”
“A Good And Different Idea Used To Tell A Story That Is Quite Engaging And Thrilling.”
“Good But Generic ”
“Great Thriller! Should've Been Released In The Summer”
“An Intense And Overall Well Made Thriller!”
“I Would See This Again! A Real Brain Teaser!”
“Real Cool For The First 15, Then It Gets A Little Repetative”
“This Movie Look Great!!”
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
The problem with Vantage Point is that the rapid-rewind technique keeps interfering with the thriller's momentum.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Vantage Point offers a modicum of entertainment but it requires viewers to react more forcefully from the gut than the mind. It's viscerally effective but lobotomized.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Straight out of the slice-and-dice school of filmmaking, Vantage Point fractures chronology and perspective in a vain attempt to disguise its flimsiness.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
The assassination thriller Vantage Point might have been a triumph of form over content, technique over substance, if only there were anything worthy about its form or technique.
David Germain - Associated Press
Initially intriguing and energetic, this film ends up demonstrating that a good script needs to be more than a clever concept and fine direction must be more than moving things fast.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Is it too much to ask for procedural thrillers like Vantage Point to connect all their dots before the closing credits?
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Dean Essner - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dave White - Movies.com
Vantage Point is a patented representative of this year's early mediocrity. Vantage Point is trailer trash.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
For movies like Vantage Point, life is too short.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Although based around a familiar, Rashomon-style concept, Vantage Point ratchets up its intensity so effectively that the lack of originality hardly matters.
Tim Grierson - Screendaily
If you are looking for mindless action, it's not bad. But since this is trying to be something more than that, I can't quite recommend it.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
The whodunit-with-terrorist-undertones doesn't test, shock or surprise the audience in any unique way.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
It swears it's being clever yet refuses to trust the audience.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Asks us to believe the terrorists would, after slaughtering countless people, risk their entire plan--and their very lives--on...well, I won't say. But from my vantage point, it was ridiculous.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
[Vantage Point is] a puzzle cut by a drunken, three-fingered jigsaw operator who lost a few pieces and chewed on a few others.
Robert Davis - Paste Magazine
To fall for Vantage Point you have to throw away any connection to reality.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
If you thought 24's perspective on terrorism was, well, limited, get ready to groan. The meat and potatoes of Vantage Point -- the suicide bomb explosions, the bloody fisticuffs and blaring car chases -- are indeed awesome, and that's what truly matters f
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Those inclined to scrutinize the logic of Barry Levy's screenplay are likely to come away as baffled by its farfetched twists as amused by its bombastic excesses.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Vantage Point takes a pretty high concept, dribbles a bunch of red herrings all over it, and makes things go boom, reaping better yields than the average TV show.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
When you wrap a movie around a gimmick, the wrapping better be taut and engaging or the gimmick falls flat.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
As Vantage Point becomes increasingly busy with personal betrayals and redemptions, the ostensible politics, reductive to begin with, fall by the wayside.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Vantage Point is a tense and imaginative thriller that reels you in the longer it goes along, only to lose focus in the last 15 minutes. This final reel misstep is a shame, but it's not enough to ruin all the good work that's come before it.
Rod Yates - Empire Magazine Australasia
With a little more work this could have been a first-rate thriller along the lines of the Bourne films, because the concept is intriguing and our interest is held for a significant part of the film.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
There's roughly 20 minutes of story here, and no matter how many times they stop and start over again from an even more preposterous angle, it's still going to play out like a lousy episode of 24.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
If you're watching for perfectly matched action you're not into the mystery and you probably aren't going to be very sympathetic to the effort involved.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Writer Barry Levy has added some snap, crackle and pop to what would otherwise be a routine action film had it been presented in chronological order.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A curta duracao e o ritmo constantemente frenetico do filme mantem o espectador atento e interessado, mesmo que o objeto de tanta atencao nao faca muito sentido em retrospecto.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
This will probably be the worst film of the year - that people will like.
Brian Gibson - Film School Rejects
The stories are cleverly interwoven, with a couple of unexpected twists, and the patient viewer is rewarded with a doozy of a car chase in the last reel.
Paul Arendt - BBC
As much as we'd like to see an American president made accountable, we don't have to see it over and over and over again.
Demetrios Matheou - Film4
Some okay thrills with good performances and some smarts. But the last reel plunge spoils things.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Watchably silly at best, it's the political thriller as an unintentional comedy of errors - 24 meets Noises Off.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Although mounted with no little efficiency by director Pete Travis (who previously made the TV drama-doc 'Omagh'), the narrative enterprise actually hides a one-dimensional world view, with civilian casualties mere background set dressing.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
It charms - despite hitting the odd seam of schmaltz - and teenagers will find much to tempt them away from their X-Boxes and PSPs.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Vantage Point might sound intriguing on paper but it's all gimmick and not a lot of substance.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
As daft as it all becomes, Vantage Point is never dull. Approach it like a double-bill of 24 and there's enough excitement to overcome the cliches, particularly during the climactic car chase.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
This pseudo-political action thriller is rather half baked editorially but otherwise overcooked.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Vantage Point prefers to stick with the familiar, so that it ends up, bizarrely enough, affirming rather than challenging the viewer's prejudices.
Anton Bitel - musicOMH.com
A monument to cinematic suckiness.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
a ripping good yarn
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Vantage Point is a smart film with a complex plot and lots of action. That's not a typical combination
Emily S. Mendel - culturevulture.net
A decent thriller that takes time to get started
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
I might almost sit through the crappy storytelling one more time just to see the car chases. These are the kind car chases that Stuntman Mike from Death Proof might be able to appreciate
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The Bourne films have fundamentally altered the rules... Every action thriller from here on out must adapt or risk coming across like some middling, antiquated dinosaur.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
This movie is just down right annoying.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Basically, Vantage Point is a don't-ask-and-we-won't-tell movie. We are just supposed to sit back and ride along without questioning where we are being driven.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Decent actors wasted; impossible, idiotic plot twists; an unimaginative shooting style; an okay but unspectacular bit of action. Yep, it's a February movie all right.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The more they replay the story, the more you realize that there really wasn't all that much to see in the first place.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Suspenseful, yes - but it's all too far-fetched to matter much.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
It doesn't have much more going for it than the rewind gimmick, a very talented cast of actors, and some pretty good action sequences.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
[...] one would expect events to be gradually fleshed out until the mystery behind the attack is finally revealed, just in time for a bodacious climax, right? Yeah.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Now I know how Bill Murray felt in Groundhog Day.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The president of the United States gets shot--and then behold! The movie also is down for the count.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Vantage Point requires three simultaneous coincidences for the ending to work. That may be a record.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Pete Travis' Rashomon retread reads more like a less funny Groundhog Day.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
It's insane, and preposterous, yet not unentertaining, in its own uniquely goofy and ridiculous way.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The most unintentionally hilarious film so far this year.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The movie presents an interesting "Vantage Point." And its gimmick makes it an above-average thriller.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Dennis Quaid is a Secret Service agent who took a bullet for the President, just as the audience took one for Quaid in Jaws 3-D. That's the sequel where the late, great Roy Scheider uttered the immortal line, "You're gonna need a bigger Anheuser-Busch-own
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Style overwhelms substance. By the seventh rewind, the audience has grown understandably weary.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
There's an interesting idea here, showing a major political event from various perspectives until we finally get to the real story. The problem is that the real story is rather contrived.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Moderately entertaining for the first hour and then for the last half hour goes up in flames.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Vantage Point's summed up by its name; from some angles, it looks like an above-average studio thriller, but from others it falls out of sight fast.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
It calls for the suspension of the snort-and-chortle reflex. And it fails even at that.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
...(O)ver-Rashomoned with too many flashbacks, Travis produces a a slambang car chase, even though it does lead to a climax too absurd for words.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
In case we haven't had enough fear-mongering in the past few years, this schlock takes up the slack.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
I didn't buy that final twist, but it was still a fast, fun, breezy piece of entertainment. Enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Between the many 'What the?' moments until its outrageously absurd ending, Vantage Point is a brisk, entertaining experience.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
One of those flicks that relies purely on momentum to keep your disbelief suspended, and director Pete Travis rarely allows the pace to slow enough for the plot holes to shine through.
Brian Tallerico - The Deadbolt
It's all too ridiculous for even the make-believe world of movies.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
A high caliber international cast, an Irish television director and a green screenwriter with a marketable ad concept all add up to one big slice of cheese with Vantage Point, a movie that cannot even stay the course with its own story telling devi
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Keep your expectations reasonable.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
I was quite literally on the edge of my seat for all of its lightning fast ninety minutes. It's not just merely good -- it's nothing less than one of the best pictures of the year
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Hey, it's February, a month when moviegoers have to be thankful for anything diverting.
Dean Essner - Kansas City Star
...counts on its audience not thinking about what they're seeing, but instead being mesmerized by flash and boom ...This is a movie to make you angry, but not with the straw evildoers it puts on screen.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
When everything is finally revealed, the story Vantage Point tells is fairly pedestrian, and nothing special is gained from all the stopping and restarting.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
I would love to say that everyone who sees Vantage Point will have a different point of view, and let that be the stupidest thing ever said relating to the movie. Unfortunately, it is plenty stupid on its own.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
All this visual caffeine is in service to a story that isn't worth telling, and that too frequently resorts to the cheap technique of putting an adorable little girl in peril, then cutting away.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Director Pete Travis keeps things grim and gritty and moving.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The first 15 minutes of Vantage Point are the worst. Then you only have to sit through them seven more times.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Travis dutifully pastes the story-shards together, but he and the actors are hamstrung by a script that's so busy piling on the twists that it never pauses to consider what they mean.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Jittery, Bourne-style-lite mayhem, with edits every one-half to one-third a second.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
No matter how you look at it, Vantage Point is a letdown.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
Sure the movie's multiple viewpoint contrivance is just an excuse to get to a car chase, but it's a good car chase.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Vantage Point is the highlights reel of an action movie too average to watch in any other form.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Not much about the plot can be revealed without giving away the various surprises and twists [which]are the only reason to sit through the film.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Movies used to boast of being 'torn from the headlines.' Now, they're torn from an electronics catalog. Who needs James Bond's Q when you've got Best Buy?
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The exhilarating car chase that closes the movie is alone worth the price of admission...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
For the most part, the film races boldly past this material, but it never quite transcends it. Still, it's good fun while the clock is ticking back and forth.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Enjoy Vantage Point while the thrills last, and try to ignore the 'what the heck?' stretches of credulity in the final reels.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It starts off strong but quickly becomes so contrived and repetitive that by the time it finally lumbers to its deeply unsatisfying and ludicrously melodramatic finale, you feel like an idiot for having wasted your time watching it
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
At a certain point its sheer can-you-top-this excess takes over, credibility flies out the window and there's no reason to continue paying attention.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This action/suspense-thriller is hopelessly convoluted and contrived. The filmmakers are clearly trying to duplicate the style and feel vastly superior television series 24.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
If you can work your way past Vantage Point's goofy casting that places a bland, blank-eyed Hurt in the White House, then I suppose you can manage to forgive this Rashomon rip-off's other glaring idiosyncrasies, of which there are many.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
An overly gimmicky and fatally repetitive terrorist thriller that quickly wears out its welcome.
Chris Kaltenbach - Baltimore Sun
Increasingly complex -- and preposterous.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
A genuine crowd-pleaser overall, brisk and suspenseful%u2014more or less everything it promises to be.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Offers less entertainment than just awareness of how nearly every American male role seems like it was intended for Harrison Ford.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The cascade of coincidences and logical lapses drains it of excitement and leaves it seeming overwhelmingly ridiculous.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
I forgave its sins for delivering at least an hour of undiluted enjoyment.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Nothing in Vantage Point quickens the pulse as much as the realization that, with each successive turn of the wheel, we come one step closer to the end.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Cool game plan on paper, unfortunately, the execution lacks. Further, this is not the subject matter with which to play games.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
The fact that the screenplay refrains from smug political commentary and instead focuses on action and mystery enhances the experience.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
A movie that features very intense, action-packed moments, but a story that gets overly complicated and borders on spinning out of control as it becomes too farfetched by the end
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Less would have definitely been more in this case; if viewers squint their eyes hard enough, they might just be able to locate a kitchen sink lurking somewhere in the background.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
It's easy to pick apart an action movie. It's much harder to produce one this clever, fast-paced and involving.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
What Travis has done is nothing short of create a new kind of American action film that feels European in the same way that William Friedkin's "French Connection" did.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A gimmicky thriller without much of a gimmick or many thrills, "Vantage Point" suffers, too, from being out of synch with its time.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
We view this event from every possible point of view except a logical -- or entertaining -- one.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
...a marketing hook first and a movie ... well, actually, never.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
I'm starting to think that '24' and 'The Bourne Identity' have made it nearly impossible for me to enjoy the average or even slightly above average spy thriller.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
An assassination thriller that boasts the glossy tourist vistas of an airline magazine combined with a serious case of instant-replay-itis.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
A story that could easily (and more effectively) have been told in about half the time.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Disappointing action flick centers on terrorism.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
It's a marginally successful attempt to flare up the senses through shocking repetition, but this is Moritz after all, so if you must go, leave your brain at home and sneak in a cocktail to help wash down the nonsense.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
Once the full panoply of bad guys is disclosed, the movie becomes just another absurdly prolonged hot pursuit, complete with a lost little girl for a dollop of extra melodrama.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
A lot of vigorous actors doing vigorous work in the service of a crafty, fast-moving, well-told story.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The setup is so riveting, the suspense so carefully prolonged, that I didn't mind when it unraveled into lunacy near the end.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Barry Levy's script slavers for comparisons to Rashomon but misses the point. Akira Kurosawa argued that truth was slippery; Levy believes there's one answer, he just likes withholding it.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
A tight, solid mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Trying, monotonous, and not anywhere near as relevant or clever as it imagines itself to be, Vantage Point proves once again that while it's easy to rely on a gimmick, it's usually not the best idea to trust it.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The bones of a good idea for a conspiracy thriller lie buried in the corpse of Vantage Point. It feels more like a movie with a personality disorder.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
The ending, suffice it to say, is one you won't soon forget no matter how much you'll want to.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Choppy, point-of-view twisting thriller that never rises above its gimmickry.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Though gimmicky, implausible and repetitious with too many angles, this thriller is still worth seeing as exercise in audience participation in narrative creation and as commentary on the manipulative processes of filmmaking and engagement of spectators
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Alas, this well-crafted terrorist plot is sandwiched between two terrible acts, making for the kind of movie that you should walk into late and sneak out of early.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Starts off well but then tries to replicate the fast-paced frenzy of The Bourne Ultimatum with an improbable car chase.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's mind-numbingly tedious, perhaps because the rhythm, the plot, even the seemingly indestructible veteran secret service agent Barnes seem lifted wholesale from any random episode of 24.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
An energetic film with pleasures both intellectual (the initial segment) and visceral (the concluding portion).
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Smart escapist thrillers are a dying breed but this is one of the good ones.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
A stale effort that seems content to find its niche in a harmless mediocrity.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Surveillance cinema at its best, with audience attention span on high alert, camcorders and palm pilots elbowing their way in, and plenty of optic nerve to spare.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze