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Inherent Vice Reviews

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August 2, 2017
This affable paean to absurdism will be revered in years to come no matter what hostility it engenders now.
December 6, 2016
Inherent Vice may not be one of Paul Thomas Anderson's better films, but there is enough there to make it more enjoyable than not.
October 28, 2016
... I was drawn into this crazy world completely by Anderson and his merry pranksters, a shaggy dog mystery with a stoner Philip Marlowe applying of free-association investigative technique...
July 19, 2016
If the adaptation's a little too faithful to sustain a cinematically tight story, there's still a lot to admire in the sheer, uninhibited folly of the whole thing, the gall to get groovy while the Oscar-watchers are on high alert.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 18, 2016
After a decade spent making two films that are like pressure cookers, Anderson was clearly ready to blow off some steam.
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
March 4, 2016
Once you let the chaos of all the eccentric characters and the mystery Doc is trying to solve, wash over you, you start appreciating it, but if you question it and try to corral it, the film just slips away from you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 26, 2016
Anderson's greatest display of formal elasticity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 22, 2016
Viewers looking for a coherent narrative won't find it in this chaotic film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
December 12, 2015
From out of the (climatic and mood-enhancing) fog of Inherent Vice something strange and rather glorious emerges.
November 12, 2015
Anderson's loosest, most purely enjoyable film to date.
October 8, 2015
Inherently a Coenesque film noir, it features an uncannily Coenesque universe of cartoonish oddballs and a distinctive vernacular.
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.
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.
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