Vanilla Sky generally received bad reviews from top critics mainly for the ending of the film and how Crowe seemed out of his depth creating the film.
"The end isn't satisfying enough to justify their efforts and your time."
Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"A good example of what self-destructive cinematic havoc can be wrought by handing over millions of dollars to movie stars to produce their own ego trips."
Rex Reed, New York Observer
"[Crowe] should stick to more conventional narratives and leave the cerebral gymnastics to someone who can handle them."
John Anderson, Newsday