Inherent Vice Reviews

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July 24, 2019
[Joaquin Phoenix is] locked into playing one singular note throughout Vice, and, like all its varied characters, we care little about the good, the bad, or ugly events that will befall any of them.
March 12, 2019
I can count on one hand the times I've fallen asleep in a theater; at [Inherent] Vice I suspect my body was telling me this film was never going to get better, so why not do something more worthwhile with my time?
August 31, 2018
A fog of uncertain motivations ... make it hard to ever get purchase on the film and truly engage with it.
November 18, 2017
... cinema being the audiovisual medium that it is, we can't expect the literary adaptation to provide the same kind of syntactic energy that we'd find in its source text.
October 17, 2017
There's nothing here that Robert Altman didn't do more effectively and in his 1976 adaptation of The Long Goodbye, a film that rewards repeat viewings more than I suspect Inherent Vice will.
September 1, 2017
If I'm going fawn over a puzzling film, I'd rather it be something like Inception or The Matrix, movies that entertain me but also provoke so much thought and analysis that I can't take my mind off it.
August 24, 2017
Inherent Vice is one of those movies that tries to put across its maker's lack of control as a conscious and meaningful aesthetic scheme.
July 14, 2016
Inherent Vice is a bizarre, almost dreamlike, movie, one that makes sense from moment to moment but falls apart the second you try to tie it all together.
December 12, 2015
I even enjoyed this self-indulgence up to a point, but at 148 minutes it just felt like the movie would never end.
October 8, 2015
Inherently a Coenesque film noir, it features an uncannily Coenesque universe of cartoonish oddballs and a distinctive vernacular.
March 30, 2015
For those who have never been high, the new film "Inherent Vice" will give you a pretty good sense of it. You'll have no idea what's going on. You'll wonder whether you're supposed to know. In the end, though, you won't be sure you care.
March 15, 2015
The title for this film should have been Incoherent Vice, such is the unfunny, meandering, deliberately confusing plot scribble of Paul Thomas Anderson's attempt at a 1970s crime comedy...seems designed to both infuriate and bore.
February 28, 2015
Anderson is too enamored with his terrific ensemble cast. Perhaps 2 hours 20 minutes were needed for the plot to make any kind of sense, but there still feels like a lot of dead weight, and he is unable to infuse it with the energy of his other films.
February 25, 2015
the film's convoluted plot and lack of genuine feeling for the characters undercut even its most impressive sequences, making it feel empty where it should be boisterous, boring when it should be at the very least intriguing
February 25, 2015
On a strictly impressionistic first watch I intensely hated it.
January 30, 2015
For those of us who cleave to the old-fashioned view that narratives should be vaguely penetrable, the film might as well be retitled Incoherent Vice.
January 28, 2015
It's a noble failure, felt all the more because Anderson's films are usually so aesthetically and thematically rich and rewarding...
January 10, 2015
Pardon me for not indulging filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson again. "Inherent Vice" is shamefully incoherent and a waste of talent.
January 10, 2015
This isn't for the mainstream at all. Instead, Inherent Vice is for the die-hard P.T. Anderson fan, the kind of fan that studies every frame of his films.
January 9, 2015
Over this 2.5-hour movie's long haul, the nowhere-bound plot strands don't congeal.
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