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: January 9, 2015
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2015
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Critic Score: 74% 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.

Katie Kilkenny
The Atlantic

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.

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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

If I'm going fawn over a puzzling film, I'd rather it be something like Inception or The Matrix, movies that entertain me but also provoke so much thought and analysis that I can't take my mind off it.

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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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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Inherent Vice is one of those movies that tries to put across its maker's lack of control as a conscious and meaningful aesthetic scheme.

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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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Geoffrey O'Brien
The New York Review of Books

Yet Inherent Vice the movie is utterly its own thing, as thoroughly a piece of Anderson's imaginative universe as of Pynchon's.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Wants to be quirky and funny, but is mostly rather boring with a few amusing scenes. The druggy P.I.'s case is confusing and ultimately not particularly… 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
Carlos Magalh„es
The plot is overlong, extremely intricate - convoluted would be the exact word - and has way too many characters, but still this trippy private eye crime-comedy… 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
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
Mark Walker
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