A cast like this can steal a lot of audience good will. Peter Boyle... Warren Oates... Allen Garfield... Paul Sorvino... and in the lead, Columbo himself, the beloved Peter Falk. So then, it’s only fitting that they be cast as a pack of thieves.
Fact of the matter is that Vice really is a clever movie filled with great performances and memorable moments. But it’s really hard to concentrate on those finer qualities when the movie has its busy hands in one’s pants. Indeed, Vice is just so eager to please the hungry legions of leftist cinephiles and critics that it forgets to ever take its head out of its own underside long enough to engage in any real introspection.