Newsweeks movie reviewer, Jeff Giles, has little good to say about "V for Vendetta":
V for Vendetta" will get its share of dismissive reviews—probably more than enough to convince hard-core fans that the movie was simply too smart and dangerous to be given safe passage. In point of fact, though, "Vendetta" is not good. The film may spark interesting debates—about the nature of terrorism and governments, about the inalienable right of artists to shock and provoke—but what were dealing with is a lackluster comic-book movie that thinks terrorist is a synonym for revolutionary.
Nothing I see in this review leads me to believe that its a dramatization of Lockes Two Treatises, as some commenters here have suggested. For instance, the hated symbol of the oppressive government, it turns out, is a modified crucifix (so much for encouraging pious Muslims to overthrow the mullahs in Iran). The "graphic novel" (euphemism for "big comic book") on which its based was written in protest against the Thatcher government in Britain (we all know what a totalitarian Maggie was). And:
as adapted by the Wachowski brothers and directed by their protégé James McTeigue, the movie plays like a clumsy assault on post-9/11 paranoia. It references "Americas war," uses imagery direct from Abu Ghraib and contains dialogue likely to offend anyone whos not, say, a suicide bomber.
My only consolation is that, because the main characters are neither black nor gay, the film is unlikely to receive any Academy Awards.