Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 37
  2. Negative: 11 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 9, 2010
    90
    If Elise and Frank are opaque to each other, they're opaque for a reason, as, sadly, lovers sometimes are. (Come to think of it, this picture has more in common with "The Lives of Others" than you might expect.)
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 8, 2010
    67
    The Tourist is less likely to be remembered for its cat-and-mouse machinations than for the beautiful people carrying them out.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Dec 10, 2010
    65
    An awkward jumble of half-assed thriller and lumbering romantic comedy, less competent by a wide margin than "The Lives of Others." It's also a whole lot sillier, though not in a good way.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 11, 2010
    63
    As preposterous wannabe Hitchcockian thrillers go, this one is adequate.
  5. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Dec 9, 2010
    60
    A throwback to classic movies like Charade and North by Northwest where beautiful, sophisticated people answer life-threatening danger with bon mots and ingenuity.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 13, 2010
    50
    The pitch is enough to make you swoon, but the movie itself is curiously limp.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 10, 2010
    50
    This is a pale simulacrum of those high-style travel-porn thrillers of the '60s and '70s, which only serves to remind us that those aren't as easy to pull off as they look, and also that maybe they weren't so great in the first place.
  8. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Dec 10, 2010
    50
    A would-be light thriller that's so deficient in the genre's essentials - such as witty dialogue, intriguing characters and surprising yet credible plot turns - that you're embarrassed for everyone involved.
  9. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 10, 2010
    50
    In the dud thriller The Tourist, Jolie basically plays an overdressed, humorless live-action version of Jessica Rabbit, running around Venice dodging hired killers.
  10. 50
    What should have sizzled fizzles.
  11. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    There is a moment in The Tourist when Johnny Depp turns to Angelina Jolie and asks "Why is all this happening?" It's a question moviegoers will be asking themselves as well.
  12. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    Jolie never ignites, and neither does the movie. Mr. Depp doesn't fare better with a role that forces him to play meek and disappointingly mild, despite a few screenwriter-supplied tics.
  13. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    An alarmingly charmless attempt to evoke the elegant romance and jaunty, jet-setting intrigue of the aforementioned titles, The Tourist is notable for the total absence of movie-star heat that movie stars are paid unseemly sums to radiate.
  14. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    A slow and silly action-comedy romantic-thriller.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    Star power can cover up a multitude of shortcomings in a film. Turns out stupidity isn't one of them.
  16. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    A facsimile of a masquerade of a gloss on "Charade," and on all the lesser cinematic charades that followed in the wake of director Stanley Donen's 1963 picture.
  17. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    There's a way to make a movie like The Tourist, but Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck doesn't find that way.
  18. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    The Tourist isn't a debacle, but it's a caper that's fatally low on carbonation.
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    The script piles the preposterous on top of the absurd and the film's thin charms dissipate, revealing the creaking movie star contraption underneath.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 9, 2010
    42
    von Donnersmarck's meat-and-potatoes direction makes The Tourist astonishingly lifeless and awkward, reducing two of the world's biggest movie stars to something akin to shy, pimply teenagers on their first date.
  21. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Dec 15, 2010
    40
    Without sizzle or thrills, The Tourist becomes as sluggish and rank as the Venice waterways.
  22. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 14, 2010
    40
    A different kind of surveillance thriller - an expensive, star-gazing Hollywood one.
  23. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 10, 2010
    40
    The movie dies onscreen; it might be the best advertisement for avoiding the glories of Italy ever released by a Hollywood distributor.
  24. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 9, 2010
    40
    Goes about its game so bloodlessly, the result is some of the most unexciting action and seduction sequences in recent memory.
  25. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Dec 9, 2010
    40
    If you just want to look with admiration and Johnny and/or Angelina – and why wouldn't you? – this offers the full scenic tour, but it's one of those frustrating almost-good films which never really catches fire.
  26. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 8, 2010
    40
    Like a beautifully tailored suit that starts to smell funny after a few minutes, this sumptuous but stultifying lark sets up a quasi-Hitchcockian intrigue between two strangers abroad, but smothers any thrills or sparks in a haze of self-regard.
  27. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Dec 9, 2010
    38
    Cinema-as-shoplifting is okay, as long as you still get the feeling it's for a greater good. But that's something The Tourist is sorely missing.
  28. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 9, 2010
    38
    The Critic's Code of Honor forbids me from explaining in detail why the storytelling is so inept, because I'd have to spoil the silly surprises. So I'll say only this: You can interpret the climax two ways, and both will probably infuriate you.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 10, 2010
    33
    To see Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist is like watching a chemistry experiment gone horribly wrong.
  30. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 10, 2010
    30
    Unfortunately, this is one of those movies with a twist ending that turns a character inside out, revealing earlier scenes to be essentially fraudulent and more or less invalidating one's emotional investment in the story. No one ever walked out of a Hitchcock movie feeling as cheated as this made me feel.
  31. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 9, 2010
    25
    There are all kinds of bad movies in the world, but it's really only stardom that can create the exact variety of cinematic abortion we find in The Tourist.
  32. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 9, 2010
    25
    It may be the only movie ever to feature a bad performance by Johnny Depp, one of the best actors working in films.
  33. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Dec 9, 2010
    25
    The film suffers from a severe lack of urgency and emotional engagement. You can't get involved in a movie in which the characters all seem to be harboring double identities.
  34. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Dec 12, 2010
    20
    It's not so much the nonsensical nature of the plot that rankles; it's the movie's wrongheaded approach to the material.
  35. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 8, 2010
    20
    Staggeringly misjudged in virtually every department, from the wannabe effervescent script to Johnny Depp's dopey hairdo.
  36. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 9, 2010
    10
    This woefully botched mystery-adventure-thriller-caper-romance-comedy, or whatever it was meant to be, is no fun at all.
  37. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 10, 2010
    0
    In a year of craptaculars, The Tourist deserves burial at the bottom of the 2010 dung heap. It offers talented people trapped in creative inertia. A microscope and a search party could not discover any trace of chemistry between Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 59
  2. Negative: 23 out of 59
  1. Dec 10, 2010
    10
    I thought the Tourist was clever and entertaining with just enough twist to keep it interesting and Jolie was as beautiful as ever and Depp always a good performance. Critics should look at movies for the entertainment value and not the intellectual they tend to over think movies instead of just watching them for what they are entertaining. I give this movie an 8 and would recommend seeing it. Full Review »
  2. Jan 10, 2011
    5
    What did you do? When Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie finally met in one screen? You get in line for a ticket! Mysterious story, city of Venice and promising Director as well, everything looks just fine, what could go wrong? But what you are about to experience is no other than being a tourist and get misguided. The movie based on Luc Besson and Sophie Marceau movie titled ANTHONY ZIMMER in 2004. An American tourist Frank is approached by a mysterious girl Elise in a train (who can deny beautiful girl like Angelina Jolie anyway, do you?) on journey to Venice, Italy. In the beginning, Elise has hidden intention to use Frank as a decoy from the hunt of police and Russian mafia. Now everyone thinks Franks is her long-lost fugitive lover, an intelligent thief Alexander Pearce. Actually, the basic material is very promising, with some twists and turns in development. But in the process, they could not get a precise romantic atmosphere done right. The interaction between the two is stiff and awkward. Frankly says, there is no chemistry here. In spite of Johnny Depp is my No. 1 favorite Actor nowadays (I have all of his movies, all!) but unfortunately in thiz movie he looks too childish next to Jolie. You can see there is still a little bit Capt. Jack Sparrow in Depp character. He looks charming, but most of the time he becomes so uncomfortably clumsy and lazy. On the other side, for me Jolie more looks like -a supermodel walking in her runaway catwalk. Yes, with the smile like that, and her sharp eye gaze, beautifully elegant dresses, who can resist the whole eye candy package. But I have to say, it could be the most boring appearance of Angelina Jolie of all-time. What she does here just keep smiling all the time, without doing exploration for her character. Jolie is doing what I called Robotic Performance. Too much smile, too much pride, and too much eyelashes. A better performance comes from Paul Bettany as Inspector John. The other Supporting Casts are Timothy Dalton, Rufus Sewell and the memorable one, Reginald Shaw who is very convincing as Berkoff, Russian mobster boss. The Director of thiz movie is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. I found myself more enjoying his latest creation, one of respectable German movies in 2006, THE LIVES OF OTHERS. It is supposed to be ravishing, but rather than that, it is happened to be ravenous. In the end, if you came to the theater to see some good looking faces. Wellâ Full Review »
  3. Dec 10, 2010
    3
    I really don't understand what happened here, but in nearly every scene Depp seems careless -- as if he hated the direction of the film and didn't care about putting his soul into the production. Overall, the package here feels extremely vacuous, and The Tourist ranks up on my list as one of 2010's biggest disappointments. Full Review »