“Can an implausible set piece offer up fresh thrills and insights if replayed ad infinitum from different perspectives?,” Justin Chang‘s 2.21 Variety review begins. “Not according to Vantage Point, a 23-minute movie dragged out, via some narrative gimmickry, to a punishing hour and a half.

Dennis Quaid as a poor man’s Clint Eastwood/In The Line of Fire character in Vantage Point.

“Circling endlessly around a political assassination attempt and its violently contrived aftermath, the film proves every bit as crude, nerve-grinding and finally unsalvageable as the car accidents it keeps inflicting on its characters. Originally slated for a 2007 release, Sony holdover is unlikely to stop traffic around multiplexes despite its attention-getting cast, especially when poor word-of-mouth takes hold.”