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2.9
106 Ratings

Vice

Directed by Adam McKay
United States, 2018
Biography, Drama

Synopsis

The story of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney who avoided military service during the 1960s Vietnam War, but became a stout advocate to invade Iraq in 2003 over false claims that it was developing nuclear weapons.

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Vice Directed by Adam McKay

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

2019 | 6 nominations including: Leading Actor

Directors Guild of America

2019 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Golden Globes (USA)

2019 | 5 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

2019 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

2019 | Nominee: Best Actor

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Vice

    Adam McKay (The Big Short) casts an irreverent and sardonic eye on the career and eventual vice presidency of Dick Cheney in this dark comedy that calls into question the meaning of power. Perfectly cast across the board with award caliber turns from Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Like his previous film its full of narrative and cinematic trickery that doesn't fail to impress especially the early credits.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Vice

    The Bush rogue's gallery looks quaint in the age of Trump, but since Dubya got a roaring ovation the other night on Jimmy Kimmel, reminding people of that shit-show needn't be irrelevant—at least not if it can connect us to the present. I'm not sure McKay's film does, and it ends up stranded between comedy and drama without a firm thesis on its subject. Oddly, the biopic drama works best—comic bits feel obtrusive.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Vice

    It's frustrating, because I think had Adam McKay given into his best instincts, this would have been a really biting satire. But, I feel at this point he wants to be prestige Oscar director, resulting in a film that kind of holds back on the absurdity of the Chenney years....

  • Ethan's rating of the film Vice

    While not as solid and evenly paced as The Big Short this is still a great film that offers up some hard truths about who runs the United States. Christian Bale gives an incredible and transformative performance as the infamous Dick Cheney and even at times makes the man feel like a sympathetic character. At times I feel bad for these people but then remember how they fucked this country and it goes away.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Vice

    Adam McKay's "Vice" assumes the same style of filmmaking as "The Big Short," doubling down on meta tactics and irreverent asides, all as a means to reiterate the same point — you don't know a damn thing. What was once a creative, albeit flawed, spin has become stale, and produces a messy, tonally incoherent project with a lot of great actors and performances as its mercy. Biopics this damning should be more riveting.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Vice

    Inspired unconventional flourishes and solid turns from Bale, Rockwell and Adams keep it watchable, but ultimately it’s too scattershot and overstuffed to sustain itself. Does McKay want us to laugh at Cheney, or dread him? The case for the latter is more compelling, but the tone doesn’t serve it.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Vice

    McKay's political stance can be superb, and Dick Cheney could well be one of the most despicable to condemn via film, even more so than Trump and Bush combined (although he lets Obama's Neocon record off the hook way too easily). Beyond Christian Bale's stellar performance, there's nothing new to the formula of 'The Big Short'. The comedy/satire segments actually lessen the impact. Nonetheless, a strong film.

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film Vice

    Bale, in a fascinating performance, exercises restraint here and strangely I feel the heavy handedness in the ludicrous fishing and teacup metaphors actually was a much needed counterpoint since Cheney remains an opportunistic cipher who is adept at manufacturing the war on terror but little else of value.

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