Phantom Thread Reviews

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March 10, 2020
Anderson has trouble coaxing this struggle to any sort of emotional climax; its fanciful, symbolic ending is the sort critics will praise for its careful ambiguity even as they overlook its narrative desperation.
September 14, 2018
As visual music grounded in a feeling of preposterous luxury, this is as enveloping and experimental as anything Anderson has done.
February 2, 2018
Possibly Paul Thomas Anderson's best film since that American auteur's staggeringly assured early work.
February 2, 2018
... I challenge you not to be grimly compelled by every minute of Phantom Thread.
January 25, 2018
If you go in expecting a Daniel Day-Lewis movie, you'll walk away with a Vicky Krieps movie, and we're all the better for it. The Luxembourgian actress will sweep you off your feet.
January 19, 2018
If Anderson's The Master was a swirling miasma, Phantom Thread is an unforgiving dress. It presents an ideal and even inspires wonder, but it does make breathing difficult, and heaven help you if all you want is to have a good time.
Top Critic
January 15, 2018
Anderson's movies are never coherent enough to appeal to the mainstream, but this one is so ravishing and meticulous and exquisite that you have no difficulty ignoring its inherent lack of logic.
January 12, 2018
If this is indeed the end for Day Lewis, it is a fitting final bow. It's a treat to watch him drink your milkshake one last time.
January 11, 2018
Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread" casts a remarkable spell; it wraps around you, like a delicately scented cashmere shawl woven from music and color and astonishing faces.
January 11, 2018
The attention to detail, the use of certain colors, the lush and vibrant photography of the dresses Reynolds makes and the clothes he wears - they're honestly breathtaking.
January 11, 2018
Visually sumptuous though it is, this is a brilliantly nuanced, psychologically complex story about obsession, love, control and surrender, all cloaked in a sophisticated Gothic romance.
January 11, 2018
"Phantom Thread" is the kind of film that's rarely made anymore - uncompromising, sophisticated and smart.
January 11, 2018
"Phantom Thread" is a thing of beauty with darkness at its center.
January 11, 2018
It's an enchanting, eventually mischievous meditation on the lengths to which we go to control and camouflage our most intimate, undefended desires.
January 11, 2018
I'd characterize Anderson's film as a romantic comedy with an unusually complicated and profoundly destabilizing happy ending. If that sounds like your thing, then here you are.
January 10, 2018
The movie takes a kind of gothic turn by degrees - it sneaks up on you and before you know it, it's arrived. And it's immensely satisfying.
January 10, 2018
Whoever thought that watching Daniel Day-Lewis make a dress could be so interesting?
January 7, 2018
Reynolds is the perfect role for Day-Lewis, who is likewise famous both for his obsessive meticulousness and for the lengthy sabbaticals he has used to recharge between films.
January 5, 2018
The dry ice in this film burns with a hothouse intensity.
January 5, 2018
Phantom Thread, as much as it is a meditation on the very real hunger that drives a madman, offers not quite enough in the way of emotional or character nourishment.
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