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/10
753 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

Berlin International Film Festival

2019 | Out of Competition

Academy Awards

2019 | 7 nominations including: Best Director

2019 | Winner: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

BAFTA Awards

2019 | 5 nominations including: Leading Actor

2019 | Winner: Editing

Directors Guild of America

2019 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

McKay’s original manoeuvre is to make a film that is structurally a comedy while being narratively a drama. . . . These effects create jarring moments in a film that is otherwise a West Wing-style behind the scenes depiction of Cheney’s DC machinations. But the film is most let down, precisely, on the level of its political analysis.
March 28, 2019
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A movie by Adam McKay, who made The Big Short and various beloved Will Ferrell comedies, should be better than an Oliver Stone biopic, and Vice is not. It should be a slam-dunk, not a highlight reel. McKay has done the unthinkable: botched a takedown of Dick Cheney, a man who shot his friend in the face and then made him apologize.
March 04, 2019
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The man at its center deserves the scrutiny of a more thoughtful, serious, or, frankly, competent biographer. In every possible sense, this movie fails to live up to its burden to history.
January 12, 2019
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