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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.