V for Vendetta

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  • Summary: Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V for Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Weaving) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in theSet against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V for Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Weaving) known only as "V." Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself -- and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption. (Warner Bros.) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    100
    A compelling, rousing and at times strangely moving entertainment.
  2. Portman doesn't catch fire until the second half, then heaves herself into emotional action; this suits her initially passive, mostly unthinking character. Weaving, who acts entirely with his voice, is V's ideal embodiment: witty, rueful, pitiless, visionary and mad.
  3. 88
    The explosive V for Vendetta is powered by ideas that are not computer-generated. It's something rare in Teflon Hollywood: a movie that sticks with you.
  4. First-time director James McTeigue's big, bold imagery, with slashing reds and blacks, is a close approximation of the novel's look and feel.
  5. 70
    The swashbuckling first hour is superior to the second, which bursts at the seams with backstory, but a rousing climax makes this the most potent piece of agitpop in years.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    The real villain is a cowed and lazy citizenry. Meaning all of us. Disappointingly, V for Vendetta makes this point early and moves on, at some point turning as shallow as what it protests against.
  7. A piece of pulp claptrap; it has no insights whatsoever into totalitarian psychology and always settles for the cheesiest kinds of demagoguery and harangue as its emblems of evil. They say they want a revolution? Then give us a revolution, one that's believable, frightening, heroic, coherent and not a teenagers' freaky power trip.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 320
  1. D.
    Mar 19, 2006
    10
    This is not a pro-terrorism movie. Read your John Locke.
  2. JimT.
    Aug 23, 2006
    10
    Lets keep it real folks. The movie / comic book is obviously and homage to 1984. Considering when the original comic came out and how near Lets keep it real folks. The movie / comic book is obviously and homage to 1984. Considering when the original comic came out and how near the world was to becoming 1984 it was very timely. 20 years in the future and we are facing the same problems. If your looking for mindless entertainment I suggest standing in line waiting to get on a plane. If you would like a movie with a point V is perfect. Expand
  3. BrandonM
    Jul 4, 2009
    10
    Excellent Movie, Best message and a peak of what may be a visible future for America. Watch it twice.
  4. PatrickM.
    Mar 20, 2006
    9
    I liked the 1984 connection. John Hurt was the last person to play Winston Smith in a production of Orwell's, 1984. Could they make the I liked the 1984 connection. John Hurt was the last person to play Winston Smith in a production of Orwell's, 1984. Could they make the film in the U.S? I think self censorship would have prevented it. Expand
  5. RobinJ.
    Apr 21, 2007
    8
    I enjoyed the film. Portmans performance is great but Hugo Weaving speaks to dramatically. It was as if V was trying to make himself sound I enjoyed the film. Portmans performance is great but Hugo Weaving speaks to dramatically. It was as if V was trying to make himself sound dangerous and intelligent. Evey didn't seem to play an important part in the film but just stay around V and blow up the parliment for him. Nontheless the idea that V stresses speaks for itself. Expand
  6. SeanR.
    Apr 13, 2006
    7
    What a great movie! Everything i like about it has been said by other people but was anyone else really dissapointed by Natalie What a great movie! Everything i like about it has been said by other people but was anyone else really dissapointed by Natalie Portman's performance? I really liked her in star wars, closer and garden state but what happend to her in this movie? Expand
  7. ChrisB.
    Mar 18, 2006
    0
    movie was awful. If you have people you cant stand, suggest this movie to them. The only part i enjoyed were the end credits!

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