Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice (2015)

"Inherent Vice," is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 28, 2015
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inherent Vice may prove frustrating for viewers who demand absolute coherence, but it does justice to its acclaimed source material -- and should satisfy fans of director P.T. Anderson.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Anderson moves further from conventional storytelling with each new film, and closer to something more intuitive, more damning, more true. He hasn't made it there yet. God help us when he does.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Although it's not as hermetic and impenetrable as The Master, Inherent Vice still comes off as a giant inside joke to anyone who hasn't read Pynchon's novel.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Inherently a Coenesque film noir, it features an uncannily Coenesque universe of cartoonish oddballs and a distinctive vernacular.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Some storylines conclude, some collide, others dissipate. But the film's main crime is this: It's boring.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Inherent Vice is a sun-glared, neon-limned muddle of noir plotline and potheaded jokery that not only doesn't make sense, but actually seems to try hard not to.

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Helen OHara
GQ Magazine [UK]

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.

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Richard Roeper

Joaquin Phoenix is perfectly cast as the perpetually befuddled Doc, a private detective of sorts who immerses himself in pot in the Los Angeles of 1970.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

I truly wanted to like the film. Unfortunately it is a huge letdown, an almost unbroken and utterly unsuccessful sequence of wrong choices.

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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly

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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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
The main problem with adapting Thomas Pynchon is that Pynchon has written some of the most complex, trippy prose that has ever existed. Just reading his short… More
Carlos Magalh„es
The plot is overlong, extremely intricate - convoluted would be the exact word - and has too many characters in it, but still this trippy private eye… More
Nicki Marie
Really disliked this. Could barely follow it and found it dull and ugly to look at. Characters and situations were stupid. I hated the lead character, not… More
Mark Walker
Do you know that feeling of anticipation you get whenever a respected director is releasing a new film? It's the same feeling that often surrounds the… More
Jim Hunter
A private eye investigates his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend's disappearance. Coolly directed, Inherent Vice is the latest effort from Paul Thomas… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Dissapointing plunge into the mind of heady writer Thomas Pynchon. A muddled plot with no humorous nor dramatic interest, numb and uninspired performances. It… More