(2001)

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Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
75
Miami Herald
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.
70
Rolling Stone
Crowe's tantalizing film sticks with you.
63
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.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
Visually dazzling but ultimately dizzying ride, a trippy suspenser that gets tripped up on its own deja vu voodoo.
63
Crowe's chilliest movie. In part this is by design. Like "Open Your Eyes," to which Crowe is mostly faithful, Vanilla Sky is a head trip that merges thriller, romance and science-fiction elements while playing with our notions of dreams and reality.
63
New York Post
Has moments that are eerily beautiful and genuinely moving -- and some that are surprisingly vulgar.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
The film's aim -- to dazzle and inspire -- is sapped by Cruise's vein-popping, running-the-marathon performance.
38
New York Daily News
The title doesn't hint at the unsavory mess the film actually is.
33
Entertainment Weekly
If Crowe's eyes are open, he seems to have directed most of Vanilla Sky with his mind wide shut.
30
Wall Street Journal
Its tone is unquenchably pretentious, and its scale is overblown.

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