75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
An involving, sweetly touching love story, buoyed by Crowe's natural, poetic dialogue and his knack for writing characters (especially women) who feel like real people instead of plot devices.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is the kind of movie you don't want to analyze until you've seen it two times. Now that I've seen it twice, I think I understand it, or maybe not. Certainly it's entertaining as it rolls along.
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Crowe's tantalizing film sticks with you.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
What works in a quirky foreign film can look silly with expansive Hollywood treatment. Crowe is smart enough to know this, so it's baffling he chose Vanilla over richer cinematic tastes.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Visually dazzling but ultimately dizzying ride, a trippy suspenser that gets tripped up on its own deja vu voodoo.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
The film's aim -- to dazzle and inspire -- is sapped by Cruise's vein-popping, running-the-marathon performance.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The title doesn't hint at the unsavory mess the film actually is.
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38

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
May not emerge as the biggest disaster of the holiday movie season, if only because we haven't yet seen all the other year-end films. But it is a huge high-energy misfire, bringing Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Crowe to earth with a thud.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
If Crowe's eyes are open, he seems to have directed most of Vanilla Sky with his mind wide shut.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Its tone is unquenchably pretentious, and its scale is overblown.
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45 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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