"V For Vendetta" Is Certified Fresh

by | March 16, 2006 | Comments

"V For Vendetta" doesn’t officially come out until tomorrow, but enough early reviews have poured in to give it Rotten Tomatoes’ Certified Fresh seal of approval!

Currently sitting at 74% on the Tomatometer with 43 reviews in, "Vendetta" is earning kudos for its impassioned political message as much as its bombastic visual effects and action sequences.

Critic James Berardinelli of ReelViews calls the pic "a visually sumptuous concoction that combines political allegory, bloody action, and a few stunning cinematic moments into a solid piece of entertainment." Edward Douglas of Comingsoon.net says "Vendetta" is "a potent combination of action, emotion and wry political commentary."

While it seems "V For Vendetta" is neither straightforward action nor pure political thriller, critics agree that the combination of a zealously anti-fascist political ideology and a smattering of impressive set pieces nevertheless makes for compelling entertainment.

"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," writes Empire Magazine‘s Dan Jolin. The Village Voice‘s J. Hoberman echoes that sentiment: "Absorbing even in its incoherence, "V for Vendetta" manages to make an old popular mythology new."

For more "V For Vendetta" reviews, click here.

Click here for the "V For Vendetta" synopsis, photos, and more. For a good read, check out the production notes, where director James McTeigue cites cinematic influences like Pontecorvo’s "Battle of Algiers" and Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange;" graphic novelist David Lloyd describes the adaptation of the source material to the screen, sans co-creator Alan Moore (who notoriously removed his name from the project); and the filmmakers share the tension-filled agony of staging the 22,000-domino set piece.

"V For Vendetta" stars Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, John Hurt, and Stephen Rea, and is directed by James McTeigue with the Wachowski brothers producing.

Tag Cloud

Extras Animation TNT Holidays Ghostbusters Reality Competition NBC ESPN singing competition ABC Family what to watch Syfy Horror technology PaleyFest Mystery Oscars Video Games aliens BBC America HBO Rom-Com X-Men 2017 Summer Adult Swim vampires Star Wars Rocky Tomatazos Premiere Dates Food Network SDCC DC Universe zombie transformers political drama romance docudrama MTV Marvel Comedy Central 24 frames GIFs TCA biography SundanceTV American Society of Cinematographers IFC Thanksgiving Sci-Fi Starz politics Cosplay war Logo DirecTV Rock Calendar BET supernatural Fox News OWN 45 TCA 2017 Super Bowl discovery Esquire Pop TIFF Comedy Musical Polls and Games Photos Trivia A&E Biopics TLC police drama crime boxoffice Superheroes cinemax sitcom adventure Set visit Mindy Kaling Masterpiece GLAAD Podcast CBS Disney TCM ITV Grammys Pirates PBS serial killer Box Office Election Warner Bros. Valentine's Day VICE diversity Certified Fresh Lifetime Infographic Sneak Peek CNN E! RT History Opinion CBS All Access YA Nominations The Arrangement Reality dramedy Red Carpet APB Fall TV DC Comics comiccon E3 CMT science fiction Showtime TV 007 Teen Schedule El Rey Action psycho harry potter Nat Geo The CW Countdown ABC thriller cooking period drama Mary Tyler Moore cats WGN AMC TruTV History TV Land Winners BBC Crackle Music Kids & Family Year in Review Trailer Amazon Freeform Comic Book crime drama cops Dark Horse Comics Netflix Winter TV based on movie Interview Spring TV Musicals Hulu Star Trek NYCC talk show FOX Disney Channel Cartoon Network Country 2016 LGBTQ Bravo GoT travel historical drama President FXX Writers Guild of America binge Ellie Kemper First Look Toys Tumblr Nickelodeon Martial Arts Emmys composers Lionsgate Best and Worst Awards MSNBC Universal USA social media Watching Series Character Guide Fantasy Marathons Sundance TBS crime thriller Drama Paramount sports 2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt FX VH1