'The Tourist' Reviews: Not an Adventure Worth Taking

Sally Mercedes

The Tourist movieThe Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, is a romantic thriller about mistaken identity. The rumor mill was pretty active for this one, and why shouldn't it be when it stars two of the hottest actors around? Now that it's out, everyone's wondering if perhaps these rumors weren't spread by the filmmakers themselves, because it seems the movie is not quite as thrilling as it promises to be. (Maybe we were on to something when we noticed the chemistry was lacking.)

With Jolie and Depp together for the first time, where did it go wrong? The Tourist reviews tell us just how much is missing from this adventure.

It's hard to say what this film did right. According to the reviews, the thrills are actually quite tamed, the chemistry is lacking, Depp takes himself too seriously, Jolie is too sexy (I didn't even know that was possible), and the filmmakers basically stop trying and assume everyone will watch and love it simply because of the stars.

Owen Gleiberman, EW:

You go into a movie like The Tourist hoping for a feast of personality from the stars. What you get, in this case, is a waxworks version of chemistry.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

In theory, these two should engage in witty flirtation and droll understatement. In practice, no one seems to have alerted Depp that the movie is a farce.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:

Coming after "Salt," Jolie's previous and harder-charging diversion, "The Tourist" plays like a quaint artifact from a lost world. It goes down, or sideways, like a cup of caffeine-free mint tea — a thriller for those who prefer to keep their vital signs nice and steady.


Still, I'm sure there are plenty of people who will take a couple of hours out of their schedules to watch this movie (I may or may not be one of them), bad reviews be damned! I mean, really: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Case closed.

Are you surprised about the bad reviews for The Tourist? Do you still want to watch it?


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