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V for Vendetta

Action . Thriller . Fantasy . Drama

In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as "V" conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When "V" rescues a young woman from the secret police, he finds in her an ally with whom he can continue his fight to free the people of Britain.

Actors: Ben Miles , Roger Allam , Rupert Graves , Natasha Wightman , Tim Pigott-Smith , John Hurt , Stephen Fry , Stephen Rea , Hugo Weaving , Natalie Portman
Directors: James McTeigue
Country: USA , UK , GERMANY
Release: 2006-03-17
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  • Glenn Kenny

    A compelling, rousing and at times strangely moving entertainment.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    V for Vendetta puts its ideological intent first, and happens to provide smashing entertainment only as a vehicle for delivering its message.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    It's a terrific movie. I love the look and the verve of the thing, the confidence of its epic design, its smart use of half a dozen noted British thesps, lending weight and wit to the supporting roles.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    V for Vendetta represents 2006's first memorable motion picture - a visually sumptuous concoction that combines political allegory, bloody action, and a few stunning cinematic moments into a solid piece of entertainment.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    An entertaining piece of pulp fiction.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    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.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The Wachowski Brothers once again they prove themselves our reigning masters of murk.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Setting out more to challenge us with its ideas than make us whoop at the action, Vendetta can be clumsy, but there are enough impressive flourishes to make up for its stumblings.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It's the perfect moment for the ridiculous but riotously enjoyable revolutionary comic-book thriller V for Vendetta-which will doubtless outrage conservatives and unnerve fuddy-duddys but liberate the rest of us with its magisterial irresponsibility.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    One of the most eloquent tales in ages of dysfunctional love – between a man and his ideals, between a country and its government, and, in the end, between Evey and V.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Mostly, it's content to remain a compelling, visually striking political mystery with some big ideas woven into it--subversive notions about integrity, liberty, and political change.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    As a fix of pop iconography, V for Vendetta is eyeball grabbing, even if it lacks the relentless videogame bravura that sold the Matrix films. As a movie, however, it's merely okay, with a pivotal dramatic weakness: Evey, for all the attentions of her revolutionary Svengali, remains, in essence, a bystander, and Portman, her head shaved, plays her like Joan of Arc as a tremulous Girl Scout.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    With most action thrillers based on graphic novels, we simply watch the sound and light show. V for Vendetta, directed by James McTeigue, almost always has something going on that is actually interesting, inviting us to decode the character and plot and apply the message where we will.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Brutally gorgeous and seething with incendiary images.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A lot of dark, Orwellian fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Even if V for Vendetta isn't nearly as incendiary as it's been made out to be by some alarmist critics, there's still something enjoyably subversive about it, beginning with the way it tramples over the conventions of the contemporary action film.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Hugo Weaving, weaving deftly beneath a fixed plastic grin and Prince Valiant wig as the mysterious avenger in V for Vendetta, both chills and amuses throughout this enjoyable - if occasionally irresponsible - comic-book thriller.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Viewers expecting a thrill ride might be disappointed. V engages in a couple of satisfying crime-fighting set pieces, but the story is more occupied with mystery and intrigue. Happily, it almost is entirely free of the hollow pomposity that marred the Wachowskis' last two "Matrix" films.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    From a fan's perspective, though, one might wish for a smaller budget and a truly uncompromising vision.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    With its emphasis on dialogue and political machinations over explosions and kung fu fighting, it remains to be see whether or not V for Vendetta will actually find one (a wider audience).

    Film Threat Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's the strangest comic-book superhero movie you're likely to see this year. For anyone looking for something totally different in this most overworked of Hollywood genres, this is it.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    V for very, very ordinary.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Suffers from many of same problems as last two installments of producers Andy and Larry Wachowski's "Matrix" franchise: indigestible dialogue, pacing difficulties and too much pseudo-philosophical info.

    Variety Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Absorbing even in its incoherence,V for Vendetta manages to make an old popular mythology new. Impossible not to break into a grin: It's the thought that counts.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Finally, a film to unite movie-mad members of Al Qaeda with your neighbor's kid, the one with the crush on Natalie Portman.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    By the time you've gotten through it, you feel spent, loaded down and more than a little disoriented. Part of the problem is that the movie's big concepts - violence begets violence, absolute power corrupts absolutely, everything is connected, my terrorist is your freedom fighter, etc. - are pithy, brief and irrefutable enough to embroider on throw pillows.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeff Giles

    The movie plays like a clumsy assault on post-9/11 paranoia. It references "America's war," uses imagery direct from Abu Ghraib and contains dialogue likely to offend anyone who's not, say, a suicide bomber.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The more valid question is how anyone who isn't 14 or under could possibly mistake a corporate bread-and-circus entertainment like this for something subversive. You want radical? Wait for the next Claire Denis film.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The film is beset by incoherence and implausibilities that are perplexing, given the close relationship between the Wachowskis and the director, Mr. McTeigue.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Both oversimplifies and overcomplicates Moore's and Lloyd's vision, but it never cuts to the bone. It's a movie drawn with big, bold strokes and very little feeling -- a tracing-paper exercise masquerading as a masterpiece. Full Review
  • David Denby

    The quarter-century-old disgruntled fantasies of two English comic-book artists, amplified by a powerful movie company, and ambushed by history, wind up yielding a disastrous muddle.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    V for Vendetta is a dud - far too long at nearly two and a half hours, with flat, grungy visuals, choppy editing and no sense of urgency. But as a political work, it's something else - heavy-handed, reactionary and flat-out stupid. (For the record, Moore has publicly distanced himself from the film, saying it bears precious little resemblance to his original creation.)

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
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