Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
  1. 38
    By the end, Vantage Point is such a unholy mess of drooling sentiment and sloppy loose ends that you’ll hate yourself for being suckered in.
  2. 38
    Throws in enough hurtling bodies, screaming bullets and totaled cars that it at least holds your interest, so it passes the worth-watching-if-you're-stuck-on-an-airplane test.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    The result is a movie that's both clever and stupid - an interesting feat.
  4. Straight out of the slice-and-dice school of filmmaking, Vantage Point fractures chronology and perspective in a vain attempt to disguise its flimsiness.
  5. 30
    What you won’t be able to ignore is the ridiculous way Vantage Point’s brings everything to an end.
  6. 30
    Wears off in about 10.8 minutes.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    Produced by Paul Greengrass, and conceived as something of a companion film to his own "Bloody Sunday," there wasn't a moment in "Omagh" that rang false. There's not a single one in Vantage Point that rings true.
  8. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    30
    Although it was held back by the studio for about a year, someone apparently came to the inevitable conclusion that no amount of ripening time was going to help this gimmicky and ultimately harebrained movie.
  9. Vantage Point has nothing going on. There's no artistic, philosophical or even jolly entertainment reason for adopting this strategy. It's just arbitrary, a gimmick.
  10. 20
    If you can work your way past Vantage Point's goofy casting that places a bland, blank-eyed Hurt in the White House, then I suppose you can manage to forgive this "Rashomon" rip-off's other glaring idiosyncrasies, of which there are many.
  11. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    10
    A 23-minute movie dragged out, via some narrative gimmickry, to a punishing hour and a half.
  12. Why, beating the audience about the ears, eyes and brain with essentially the same sequence of events from eight characters' points of view, none of which adds much more than deafening hysteria and identically dreadful music. The filmmakers seem to have missed the point that each re-enactment in "Rashomon" provides new and conflicting information. It makes you wonder if they studied the wrong movie. Maybe they rented "Rush Hour," or a video on Rosh Hashanah.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 141 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 91
  2. Negative: 31 out of 91
  1. Nov 11, 2012
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The concept was good: show different perspectives of the same event. The problem is that it's unrealistic. Not the attempt on the President, but the terrorists plan would never unfold in such a way. First, the traitor secret service member is becoming cliche. Further, the secret service takes regular polygraphs to ensure loyalty. Second, the single special forces guy who is able to take out secret service control single-handed. The secret service are some of the best trained agents in the world, many of which have special forces training. It's ridiculous to think one guy could kidnap the President. And for some reason, no one was wearing bulletproof vests. Next, the meeting point had to be only a short way from the target so Forest Whitaker could save the little girl, but there is no way a terrorist group would do anything but run as far as possible. Lastly and what was the hardest to believe was that a terrorist who just orchestrated multiple bombings and murders who swerve and endanger his plan when a child stepped in front of his car rather than simply run her down. He most likely just killed a dozen children with bombs, but he hesitates to run another down. It's just not common sense. So while a good premise, terrible terrible execution. Full Review »
  2. KalebF.
    Jul 2, 2008
    10
    Very realistic situation of a thriller. Reminds me of Real-life 9/11. Very intelegent way of perception this film has.
  3. Jun 20, 2014
    6
    Vantage Point has an intriguing premise, but the execution is kind of poor. The acting is okay, bit the movie could've been a lot more than it is with a better screenplay, and a better director. After about 30 minutes, the movie loses its freshness, although it picks up a little after the real story is revealed a bit more. It goes from a repetitive thriller flick to a generic action movie (which isn't much better). Even for a movie about the same story shown from different points of view, it feels repetitive and dry. Full Review »