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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 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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  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
  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.
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    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. From a fan's perspective, though, one might wish for a smaller budget and a truly uncompromising vision.
  6. 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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  1. Negative: 43 out of 313
  1. ShawnL.
    Mar 19, 2006
    Finally! A movie worth paying to see. Going in I only have a vague idea of what the story was about and was quickly pulled into the depth of the characters. This is a movie that goes beyond shallow action flicks and makes you think about the world around you. Too many people will get stuck on political prejudices and forget this is a movie about freedom and the price sometimes one must pay to keep it. Expand
  2. RitaG.
    Aug 7, 2006
    It is about time - Finally a good movie worth watching and reminds me of curtain situations going on now....Thanks for making a good movie they are far and few. Expand
  3. BrandonM
    Jul 4, 2009
    Excellent Movie, Best message and a peak of what may be a visible future for America. Watch it twice.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Mar 20, 2006
    Seriously, its one of the best movies i'd seen in a long long while. One of the most memorable films ever seen. And trust me, i've seen LOTS of movies and am pretty jaded by trash these days. Go read the better critic reviews. They got it right this time. Expand
  5. JonathanC.
    Sep 16, 2006
    It was better to me than the Matrix. It was very political but it was played very well. I think the letter scene could have been done better.
  6. TomOlsen
    Mar 24, 2006
    A visual treat, and the supporting cast is great. I liked Portman as the heroine, but Weaving always behind the mask got tedious. As for the our-culture-is-a-gulag politics, it's a leftist agi-prop fantasy. But I believe that movie writers hate GWB that much... Lord knows there's plenty of supporting evidence all around us. Expand
  7. ChrisB.
    Mar 18, 2006
    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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