The 20 Most Underrated Movies

5 Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe, 2001)

What they said:

“Vanilla Sky represents a crushing disappointment. Everything is miscalculated – tone, style, acting, writing… An elaborate house of mirrors.”
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter.
What we say:

A dazzling, provocative look at life, love and reality.

It’s clunky in places – see the smug explanation of the fact that Tom Cruise’s head is frozen – but the disintegrating narrative is bravely cryptic and unconventional, and the agitated nightmare vision of a deserted Times Square is iconic and unforgettable.

Most impressively of all, Cruise, teetering on the edge of his time as a legitimate leading man, toys admirably with notions of fame, beauty and success.