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Phantom Thread Reviews

July 9, 2018
These artisans who made an indelible mark on fashion each shared a canny connection to the afterlife-a relationship all creators share with the work that lives on long after they do.
January 24, 2018
If you go in expecting a Daniel Day-Lewis movie, you'll walk away with a Vicky Krieps movie, and we're all the better for it. The Luxembourgian actress will sweep you off your feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 18, 2018
If Anderson's The Master was a swirling miasma, Phantom Thread is an unforgiving dress. It presents an ideal and even inspires wonder, but it does make breathing difficult, and heaven help you if all you want is to have a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 15, 2018
Anderson's movies are never coherent enough to appeal to the mainstream, but this one is so ravishing and meticulous and exquisite that you have no difficulty ignoring its inherent lack of logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2018
If this is indeed the end for Day Lewis, it is a fitting final bow. It's a treat to watch him drink your milkshake one last time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 11, 2018
Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" casts a remarkable spell; it wraps around you, like a delicately scented cashmere shawl woven from music and color and astonishing faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 11, 2018
The attention to detail, the use of certain colors, the lush and vibrant photography of the dresses Reynolds makes and the clothes he wears - they're honestly breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 11, 2018
"Phantom Thread" is the kind of film that's rarely made anymore - uncompromising, sophisticated and smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 11, 2018
It's probably necessary to see "Phantom Thread" more than once to fully savor the tang of its malice, erotic attraction and excruciating good taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2018
"Phantom Thread" is a thing of beauty with darkness at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 11, 2018
It's an enchanting, eventually mischievous meditation on the lengths to which we go to control and camouflage our most intimate, undefended desires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 11, 2018
I'd characterize Anderson's film as a romantic comedy with an unusually complicated and profoundly destabilizing happy ending. If that sounds like your thing, then here you are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 10, 2018
The movie takes a kind of gothic turn by degrees - it sneaks up on you and before you know it, it's arrived. And it's immensely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 10, 2018
Whoever thought that watching Daniel Day-Lewis make a dress could be so interesting?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2018
Reynolds is the perfect role for Day-Lewis, who is likewise famous both for his obsessive meticulousness and for the lengthy sabbaticals he has used to recharge between films.
January 5, 2018
The dry ice in this film burns with a hothouse intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 5, 2018
Phantom Thread, as much as it is a meditation on the very real hunger that drives a madman, offers not quite enough in the way of emotional or character nourishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 4, 2018
Day-Lewis has hinted that his role in Phantom Thread will be his last for the screen. I seriously doubt this, just as I am sure he will work once again with Paul Thomas Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2017
Like all of Anderson's efforts, "Phantom Thread" is beautiful and intriguing, but it's also a film that is not unlike its central character: easy to respect and admire, and nearly impossible to fully love.
December 26, 2017
Despite everything, we continue to cling to the problems and pursuits of this obsessive dandy. And why? Simply because there has never been an actor as obsessive as Day-Lewis.
December 26, 2017
This is a profoundly, intensely, extravagantly personal film.
December 26, 2017
For Daniel Day-Lewis' final acting job, he gives it his all, playing fashion designed Reynolds Woodcock as a tightly-wound ball of impulses, quirks, and foibles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2017
If Phantom Thread truly does represent Daniel Day-Lewis' announced swan-song from acting, he heads into retirement on a high note in terms of his performance. The movie itself is a sumptuous but chilly affair.
Top Critic
December 22, 2017
It's a rare combination of audacity and precision, impeccably tailored yet full of mystery and magic, like an essential part of it is beyond Anderson's control. Just defining what the film is presents an formidable set of obstacles.
December 21, 2017
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis, both in peak form, use the fashion world to tackle the agony and euphoria of creation. Taking full measure of Phantom Thread may require more than one viewing. Our advice for now: just sit back and behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2017
Day-Lewis' declared final performance is perfect, the film less so. Sumptuously made, though, with a score to die for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2017
Daniel Day-Lewis remains our greatest actor. Even if just for one last film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2017
The rhythms are unhurried, the drama pinpoint-intense, the style intimate, the wit Hitchcock-perverse.
December 20, 2017
This devilishly funny and luxuriantly sensuous film is so successful as entertainment that it's hard to stop and notice the extreme degree of craft that went into its construction.
December 19, 2017
Even though the tone here is impeccable as a Max Ophüls classic or high-period Bertolucci, you really have to go to something subversive like The War of the Roses to get a hint of the comic blackness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 19, 2017
Phantom Thread unfolds so quietly that the questions it's asking about the nature of desire and attraction, and its delicately confrontational back and forth between Alma and Reynolds, may not register immediately.
December 18, 2017
I've never written down the word "wallpaper" in my notes so many times in the course of a single film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 18, 2017
Could be the filmmaker's most fascinatingly oblique work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 8, 2017
It's set in an evocative ecosphere of haute couture fashion. But by the time it reaches its appetizingly perverse end, the film primarily reaffirms Anderson's own skill at hand-crafting exquisitely conflicting interior and external worlds.
Top Critic
December 7, 2017
A duet of affection and irritation, Phantom Thread teeters, too, on the edge of romantic comedy. There's a lot of humor in its passive-aggressive tug-of-war.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 7, 2017
The director's most outwardly accessible movie in ages, "Phantom Thread" is at once an evocative period drama and a magical fable about lonely, solipsistic people finding solace in their mutual sense of alienation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 7, 2017
We're not so much watching Woodcock the rarefied designer as Day-Lewis the rarefied actor, his immersion so uncanny that he can illuminate a soul at once titanic and stunted.
December 7, 2017
Once again, Day-Lewis goes deep and has clearly done his homework. The 60-year-old actor doesn't seem to know any other way. In an era of tin-plated movie stars, the world of cinema will miss him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 7, 2017
In the grand tapestry of Daniel Day-Lewis' acting career, Phantom Thread will be sewn in as a colorful swatch, though for a retirement role, he leaves us wanting a little more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2017
While there is precious little overt "drama" per se, before you know it you've become happily ensconced in a peculiar world you've never visited or even imagined before.
December 7, 2017
"Phantom Thread" is seductive and absorbing, but it's also emotionally remote.