Excerpt: While the multiple story lines and complex subject of his last were buoyed by McKay’s amusing financial explanatory asides, his use of the same device for this single-stranded biopic is overbearing and unwarranted.
Excerpt: Vice is a film I admired more than I liked. Performances are strong, and McKay’s filmmaking style, while overwhelming at times, brings some liveliness that puts it above most run-of-the-mill biopics.
Excerpt: McKay’s film focuses on how America corrupts individuals, like Cheney, who further go on to corrupt the country in a perpetual cycle of decadence that erodes whatever good ever existed at the nation’s core.
Excerpt: Hazy in some moments, hasty in others, and always provocative, Vice is easily the most polarizing film of the year. The movie is not unlike Cheney’s own aim with a shotgun, hitting and missing plenty with occasional collateral damage.