Phantom Thread

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Phantom Thread's finely woven narrative is filled out nicely by humor, intoxicating romantic tension, and yet another impressively committed performance from Daniel Day-Lewis.



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Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson's eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.


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  • As visual music grounded in a feeling of preposterous luxury, this is as enveloping and experimental as anything Anderson has done.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Possibly Paul Thomas Anderson's best film since that American auteur's staggeringly assured early work.

    Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • ... I challenge you not to be grimly compelled by every minute of Phantom Thread.

    Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    Jan 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Phantom Thread

  • Jul 02, 2018
    Odd but very engrossing.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2018
    A superb performance from both main leads that tells a gripping power struggle in a loveless relationship. She just wants to be loved by him and he just wants to keep everything at a distance. It'll keep you watching right until the end.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2018
    I saw Phantom Thread as part of a trio. We began watching this Oscar nominated movie at staggered intervals. I, from the beginning. The second, a half hour in. Then her partner, just past the half-way point. But all of us came to the same reaction when we'd been watching for what seemed like days only to realise there was still 30 minutes left: Lying on the cold, dirty floor, begging for it to end. Prepare for the most heterosexual thing I have ever said: We had to watch YouTube clips of Arnold Schwarzenegger movie-kills and then the whole original Robocop as a palette cleanser after being forced to endure Phantom Thread. That's not hyperbole either, it felt genuinely necessary so that's what we did. I fear that we live in the world where something this pretentious is considered one of the best movies of the year.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2018
    Paul Thomas Anderson's latest picture, which is also surprisingly not only his second collaboration with three time Oscar winner Danial Day-Lweis, but also the actor's last picture when confirmed about his retirement from acting. In all sense of honesty, it's certainly set up as if these two were to be at their most finest form, not in both visual style, but also the engrossing substantial nature of it's setting and story. Don't be alarmed by it's dragging pace, as this film's story is so fully investing from start to finish it's hard to not see it in any other way than what it appears to be; an Authentic period drama with a romantic touch and charm. While I'm so grateful P.T. Anderson's latest film lived up to it's reputation and quality which didn't disappoint, I'd easily say it's one for the ages that needs to be experienced on the big screen as Anderson has proven himself to be not only a masterful filmmaker, but also an incredible writer of diverse subject matters and engrossing executions. Also, how could a film with an almost uncanny deadpan charm and humour be so fascinating as it is incredibly entertaining. Highly Recommended especially if it's too Oscar baity, otherwise.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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