Inherent Vice Reviews

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July 7, 2020
Inherent Vice is a movie best lived as an experience. Sit back and let Anderson take you on a ride hazy ride, accept it like a cloud of smoke blown into your face, and feel what comes.
June 30, 2020
The plot might be a bit all over-the-place and hard to follow at times, but if you just sit back and let the movie take control, Inherent Vice turns out to be a fun ride.
June 26, 2020
An allegory to film noir, the conspiracy of cults, hippie culture and conspiracy theories. Topics that don't seem to fit in with Anderson's world. [Full review in Spanish]
May 27, 2020
It's like watching a film noir while stoned... Nothing makes sense.
March 26, 2020
The think I liked the most about this movie is that it seemed to perfectly encapsulate Southern California in the 70s.
January 9, 2020
I'm firmly on the side of loving it, but I know it's not for everybody. It's the kind of thing you'll like if you like that kind of thing.
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.
May 17, 2019
Compulsively watchable and suitably frustrating, this stoner noir is one of Anderson's cleverest films, no doubt - but by some distance his least wise.
April 18, 2019
PTA gets loose with the film noir form only to better honor its essential dualities: people's simultaneous longing for and dreading of the truth, their desire to see things clearly or instead remain in the idealized world of their (intoxicated) mind...
April 3, 2019
A hilariously louche and ramshackle psychedelic noir, Inherent Vice is an audacious stylistic leap for Anderson, but his risks pay off beautifully.
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?
February 15, 2019
Something doesn't quite click in Inherent Vice, but is still worthwhile to check out. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 20, 2018
We're impressed with the evocation of times gone by and with Anderson's ability to adapt Pynchon's dense prose for the screen. Angeleno viewers may be made especially nostalgic
December 8, 2018
It's an exhausting task to wrap your mind around, but this is the type of film you have to turn something off to let it all in, and for that reason alone makes Inherent Vice beautiful, yet elusive.
October 24, 2018
I connected on an emotional level with it the first time, but I suspect I may find it better on repeat viewings; there is a masterpiece in there somewhere, I just have to dig deeper to find it.
August 31, 2018
A fog of uncertain motivations ... make it hard to ever get purchase on the film and truly engage with it.
August 22, 2018
"Inherent Vice" is foggy, sprawling and shaggy, yet epic in its own way.
June 22, 2018
Don't go looking for any explanations. Just look, man.
December 2, 2017
Paul Thomas Anderson is here to honor everything Thomas Pynchon and Inherent Vice are about, without dumbing the narrative down to draw a wider audience.
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.
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