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Inherent Vice Reviews

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Katie Kilkenny
The Atlantic
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.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
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
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 18, 2016
After a decade spent making two films that are like pressure cookers, Anderson was clearly ready to blow off some steam.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
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
Theresa Smith
Independent Online (South Africa)
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
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.
| 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.
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