Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11

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  1. On the strength of such skillful pacing, and the pair's beautifully modulated performances (Leary's never been so warm or vulnerable), the film builds almost imperceptibly to a climax that's as moving as it is startling.
  2. Did Scott, too, get hooked by the 1998 Spanish film ''Open Your Eyes?'' Intentionally or not, he has made ''Overcast Vanilla Sky.''
  3. 63
    You might be tempted to walk out. Don't.
  4. Though its story is fuzzy, the acting and direction in Final give it an air of quiet, dignified ambition.
  5. The film's acting is superb. Best known as a gritty wiseass, Denis Leary creates a fine dramatic performance.
  6. 50
    Actor-turned-director Campbell Scott handles this enigmatic science fiction mystery with such gloomy restraint that it barely moves. That said, it never panders to audience expectations and is exceptionally well acted. Bill Tyler.
  7. The cat-and-mouse game between the patient and doctor and the coy is-he-or-isn't-he? game being played on us by the filmmakers becomes tiring.
  8. Less than terrific technically; focus and sound levels waver. Luckily, these flaws are not inconsistent with the film's raw, unvarnished tone and they do not diminish the effect of Leary's performance or that of Davis.
  9. Final is one big hunh? barely worth the effort; just because it doesn't make any sense doesn't mean it's art.
  10. 30
    A story that splits at the seams with plot holes and bloat.
  11. The film is like watching a very bad play as presented by a very bad director.

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