Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Because Vantage Point is really a concept movie, the actors are not much more than pawns on the chessboard: They move one square at a time.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Three-fourths of a terrific thriller, which in this dreary run of winter movies seemed like clear spring water to this parched traveler. The setup is so riveting, the suspense so carefully prolonged, that I didn't mind when it unraveled into lunacy near the end.
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By James Berardinelli
It's a fast-paced motion picture that fails the "reality test" but maintains a certain intensity for its entire running length. It's entertaining in the same way that an episode of "24" is entertaining.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Vantage Point starts to slide off the rails when it tracks a tourist (Forest Whitaker) and his trusty camcorder; instead of Zapruder-like intrigue, the episode has him running around like an agent in a rote thriller.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Turns out to be a tepid thriller that promises more than it delivers.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The result is a movie that's both clever and stupid - an interesting feat.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
By the end, Vantage Point is such a unholy mess of drooling sentiment and sloppy loose ends that you’ll hate yourself for being suckered in.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Straight out of the slice-and-dice school of filmmaking, Vantage Point fractures chronology and perspective in a vain attempt to disguise its flimsiness.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Vantage Point has nothing going on. There's no artistic, philosophical or even jolly entertainment reason for adopting this strategy. It's just arbitrary, a gimmick.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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. The filmmakers seem to have missed the point that each re-enactment in "Rashomon" provides new and conflicting information. It makes you wonder if they studied the wrong movie. Maybe they rented "Rush Hour," or a video on Rosh Hashanah.
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40 out of 100
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