A film that, despite intriguing ideas, cleverly tricky structure and some remarkable imagery, just doesn't work. full review
A hopeless jumble of romance, psychodrama, sci-fi and spiritual posturing. full review
[Crowe's] 'bigger is better' approach consistently misplaces the emphasis and waters down the movie's appeal. full review
A good example of what self-destructive cinematic havoc can be wrought by handing over millions of dollars to movie stars to produce their own ego trips. full review
If Crowe's eyes are open, he seems to have directed most of Vanilla Sky with his mind wide shut. full review
I have no idea why one of our most original film-makers would want to spend two years of his life translating someone else's movie from Spanish into English. And it wasn't such a good film in Spanish, either.
Who would have thought that Cameron Crowe had a movie as bad as Vanilla Sky in him? full review
For all the filmmakers' efforts, this project is something of an artistic albatross.
A case of the vain leading the bland.
The end isn't satisfying enough to justify their efforts and your time.
It's not really a bad film -- it couldn't be, given the high level of talent involved -- but it is a rather pointless one. full review
The film's aim -- to dazzle and inspire -- is sapped by Cruise's vein-popping, running-the-marathon performance. full review
Stands as a genuine existential idyll, a movie that muses rather than demanding, 'Solve me.'
[Crowe] should stick to more conventional narratives and leave the cerebral gymnastics to someone who can handle them. full review
What works in a quirky foreign film can look silly with expansive Hollywood treatment. full review