Vanilla Sky
Vanilla Sky (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 21, 2002
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41%
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73%



Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An ambitious mix of genres, Vanilla Sky collapses into an incoherent jumble. Cruise's performance lacks depth, and it's hard to feel sympathy for his narcissistic character.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

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Joel Siegel
ABCNEWS.COM

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.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Some surface appeal, but ultimately vacant.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[A] spectacular film!

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

Who would have thought that Cameron Crowe had a movie as bad as Vanilla Sky in him?

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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?"

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

If Crowe's eyes are open, he seems to have directed most of Vanilla Sky with his mind wide shut.

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Michael Nordine
Reverse Shot

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Two and a half hours I'll never get back...

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Good movie. Saw it years ago, couldn't remember the plot, so second watch was still a surprise. Won't post any spoilers, but it does make sense at the… More
Alex roy
Vanilla Sky is a very interesting and somewhat bizarre film. I saw this when it first came out and thought it was a good film with some good performances. Tom… More
Dan Schultz
A bad, bad misfire concerning a narcissistic playboy (Tom Cruise) who has trouble differentiating reality from dreams, as well as how he became horribly… More
Lucas Martins
Interesting film, but fully unnecessary remake.
Chris Weber
This is a remake of a (probably, supposedly) superior Spanish film I've yet to seen. A lot of people have mixed feelings on this film, and while yes, it is… More
Christopher Alcock
Bizarre. Intriguing. Confusing. Intense. Vanilla sky could be described as any of these and for me was a huge succes. Well filmed and good direction we are… More

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