Vanilla Sky
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A remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes (1997), this thriller from director Cameron Crowe bears one of several discarded titles for his previous, Oscar-winning film Almost Famous (2000). Tom Cruise stars as David Ames, a womanizing playboy who finds romantic redemption when he falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend Sofia (Penelope Cruz, reprising her role from the original film). Before that relationship can begin, however, David is coaxed into a car driven by an ex-lover, Julie (Cameron Diaz), who turns out to be suicidal. Driving her car off a bridge, Julie kills herself and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"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."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Joel Siegel, ABCNEWS.COM
"Some surface appeal, but ultimately vacant."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It just makes things easier to believe that good-looking rich folks are just as miserable and unhappy as the rest of us . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Vanilla Sky turns out to be a rousing, exhilarating entertainment, thanks mostly to Cruise's balls-to-the-wall performance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[A] spectacular film!"
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Who would have thought that Cameron Crowe had a movie as bad as Vanilla Sky in him?"
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Cameron Crowe's vinyl-collector version of "Jacob's Ladder" is a daring gamble paying off even when ambition exceeds his grasp. The subconscious can boil over with too much pop culture poured in. Keep that in mind, and it will have you at "What the hell?""
‑ Nick Rogers,
"This is a whole new palette for Crowe, and his excitement rubs off on us."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"My suggestion is to avoid this film and instead rent Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos) the film upon which Vanilla Sky was based."
‑ Gareth J. Von Kallenbach, Film Threat
"If Crowe's eyes are open, he seems to have directed most of Vanilla Sky with his mind wide shut."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Crowe asks the viewer to absorb this more viscerally than intellectually; how much one enjoys (or even accepts) the experience will likely depend on the extent to which one is willing to do so."
‑ Michael Nordine, Reverse Shot
"Two and a half hours I'll never get back..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A classic case of what happens when a Hollywood studio and a star (Cruise) take a Spanish metaphysical thriller and turn it into a glossy, overproduced big-budget star vehicle that lacks distinct identity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Vanilla Sky is a long, complex, ambitious thriller that doesn't quite work."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
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