Vice Reviews

Page 1 of 13
January 3, 2019
This, then, is where we're at: an empty hollering about obviously vile people doing obviously vile things that forgoes all artistic, political and intellectual integrity in favor of a schizophrenic inventory of crimes and corruption.
January 6, 2019
What a waste of talented actors and makeup artists. Yes, Bale physically transformed himself, but his Cheney had no passion and could not glue the various bits and pieces of the script together. A definite fail for writer/director Adam McKay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
December 27, 2018
Ultimately, without a single narrative, the film's center feels a little bit hollow.
December 24, 2018
The film isn't satirical or edgy enough to examine the political narrative in a fresh or meaningful way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 28, 2018
It's not that the film is "dim," but it simply plays like a relic that's maybe a decade old, simply elevated by some above-average acting and a rarely better Amy Adams.
December 24, 2018
Vice's ambition, much like Cheney himself, needed to be reined in.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 30, 2018
Circling his prey in a whisper, like an owl flying overhead ready to strike, in Adam McKay's film, Vice, Dick Cheney's hunting instincts are front and center.
January 11, 2019
Vice knows enough to have taught a solid lesson-after all, nobody under twenty-five has a vivid memory of any of this-and major talents were lined up to collaborate. But the result is a shambles.
January 16, 2019
The most disappointing part of Vice is that Bale's commitment to the role is wasted on a cheesy script that tries too hard to fit McKay's style instead of being tonally consistent.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 4, 2019
Vice lacks a core thesis behind its gorgeous aesthetics.
January 11, 2019
"...aims to go both go big and go home with the definitive docu-come-dramedy takedown of the major political scandals of three whole Spider-Man reboots ago."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 2, 2019
The movie really thinks it is dunking on the Bush administration, like Jordan over Mutombo. In reality, Vice is closer to being Bill Murray from Rushmore .
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2018
Vice is worth a watch for Bale and Carell's performances alone, but don't be surprised if you walk away disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2018
If you're able to stay for the truly awful mid-credits sequence though - one that I can only describe as masturbating with your own tears as lube - then you can revel in a level of diabolical cynicism that's directed at everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 11, 2019
Vice's downfall may be the scriptwriter's fascination with the subject matter and his resulting indignation, leading him to neglect the promised humour, and even overlook the film's structure, making the plotline hard to follow at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.8/5
December 17, 2018
Adam McKay's film shoves information down our throats like a Wikipedia breathing tube.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 26, 2018
Vice is trying to be so many things at once that it doesn't really end up being anything more than an unfocused political rant.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 18, 2018
... the kind of conceptual satire brewed up and whiffed out by dudes confusing vacuous provocation for sociopolitical sharpness.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 11, 2019
Adam McKay's Vice is an energetic and entertaining look at the pursuit of power...but overall, the film's a mess and doesn't know what it wants to say about the topics it raises.
December 26, 2018
It has energy and attitude, but it doesn't have respect for its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Page 1 of 13