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: December 14, 2001
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 42% 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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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This isn't a typically dumbed-down rehash and, as such, it dissatisfied the rank and file of multiplex moviegoers but earned the appreciation of adventurous film fans.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[A] spectacular film!

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

For all the filmmakers' efforts, this project is something of an artistic albatross.

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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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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Peter T. Chattaway
Patheos

The resulting film may be Crowe's most adventurous yet; the punchlines don't cheapen the drama, the way they did in Almost Famous, and the music, much of which sounds like it is played backwards, augments the film's time-tripping, mind-bending narrative.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Some surface appeal, but ultimately vacant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Penélope Cruz looks incredibly bored, as if forced to be in this overlong remake that seems more like an endless series of music videos with way too many songs… 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
KJ Proulx
Being a massive fan of Cameron Crowe's work, "Vanilla Sky" has always been one of his pieces that I have never had the urge to watch. After… More
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
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