Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice (2013)

"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: January 9, 2013
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Critic Score: 70% 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.

James Berardinelli

At first glance, Inherent Vice might seem to be a detective story. Look a little closer, however, and it becomes clear that this is Paul Thomas Anderson's idea of a comedy.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

[Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie] is a kind of companion piece to Altman's The Long Goodbye, and it's the sort of failure that only a director of his talents could make.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Frustrating but fascinating drama has drugs, sex, language.

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Wesley Morris

There are, of course, two ways to experience Inherent Vice: with the brain on or the brain off. Both work. The latter is a good time, the former more illuminating.

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Ella Taylor

I love Anderson's ambition, but it is awfully hard to make a movie about a culture adrift that doesn't make its audience feel the same. Inherent Vice runs a punishing 148 minutes, not enough of which are funny or sad enough to hold us.

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Jason Zingale

It's as if the film, like many of its characters, is in a constant state of a drug-addled high, unable to remain focused or make sense of anything that's going on.

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Bob Mondello

[P.T. Anderson] is a terrific stylist ... and the scattershot pleasures he's peddling in 'Inherent Vice' may well satisfy those who like style more than substance, or maybe who like their style with substances.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Think of it as a film that's meant to be experienced, more than fully understood.

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Gary Dowell
Dark Horizons

Sure, Inherent Vice never fully takes on shape, but it's not really supposed to. Accept that when you sit down to it, and you'll enjoy the contact high.

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Aaron Neuwirth
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