Inherent Vice - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Inherent Vice Reviews

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J. Olson
April 14, 2016
Its avalanche of idiosyncrasies might make it tough sledding for general audiences, but for trippy, glassblown noir, "Inherent Vice" is a prime cut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Newman
The Film Stage
February 26, 2016
Anderson's greatest display of formal elasticity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 22, 2016
Viewers looking for a coherent narrative won't find it in this chaotic film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Hasted
The Arts Desk
January 2, 2016
It's a generous, humble work: a soft hymn to a lost world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2015
A mightily epic, brain-fogged ode to the end of the '60s that almost dares you to make sense of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
December 22, 2015
Sure, it's a bit long but this is a weird and wonderful trip of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Meek
Cambridge Day
December 21, 2015
Inherent Vice isn't everyone's kinda trip, but it is righteous fun for those who enjoy the high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Lawrenson
The Big Issue
December 12, 2015
From out of the (climatic and mood-enhancing) fog of Inherent Vice something strange and rather glorious emerges.
Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly
November 12, 2015
Anderson's loosest, most purely enjoyable film to date.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
Inherently a Coenesque film noir, it features an uncannily Coenesque universe of cartoonish oddballs and a distinctive vernacular.
Helen O'Hara
GQ Magazine [UK]
August 14, 2015
It is no exaggeration to say that this could become the new Big Lebowski -- something that will not just stand up to repeat viewings but positively reward every single rewatch of its twisted, lunatic glory.
Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly
August 11, 2015
Both Doc's hopeless pining for Shasta and his efforts to reunite a detoxed wife with her on-the-lam musician husband carry enough emotional weight to keep Inherent Vice from being just an exercise in random weirdness.
July 13, 2015
The film's funny and absurd enough to make its maddeningly veiled musings on the death of the hippy dream engrossing. A large part of this is down to Phoenix, whose protagonist... is an undeniably rich creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 27, 2015
You might not have a clue what is going on; but enter into its freewheeling spirit and [the] film turns out to be unexpectedly captivating, with a touching undertow of melancholy detectable beneath the off-kilter humour and bizarre plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Burns
New England Movies Weekly
May 12, 2015
The key to best appreciating this stubbornly singular entertainment is to view these characters as the last men on the field, still playing a game they're achingly slow to learn is already over.
Maxwell Haddad
The Young Folks
April 29, 2015
Under no circumstances would I call Inherent Vice a bad film. It's too weird and fascinating and filled with too many delightful performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
April 5, 2015
If you've got a warped, off-beat sense of humour, you should like this. It's not on the same level as The Big Lebowski (the pinnacle of stoner comedies) but it's a worthy effort.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rebecca Cusey
The Federalist
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.
Simon Weaving
March 24, 2015
This preposterously funny hippie-noir is a warm, back-to-the-'70's journey of paranoia and intrigue, dentists and dope - a kind of fin de siecle of the Californian '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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