Written October 06, 2012
While this is not a mainstream movie for everyone, it was intriguing and fascinating. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are assured of best actor nominations. This was a master-class in acting, for sure.
The story concept was interesting, but the characters so unusual, it was hard to tell what they would do. If you want to see the best American actors around, go see this movie. And, go to dinner with friends afterwards. It will stimulate lively discussion.
Written September 15, 2012
I was so bored and when it ended I had no idea what I watched as was the consensus of people around me in the theater. Phoenix trying to play a 20-something was a joke the scenes with him and the his girlfriend were creepy, like watching a child moletser in action, the obvious age difference was very disturbing. The only good part of the movie was when it finally ended. The characers were unlikeable and forgetable. Save your money.
Written January 31, 2015
Had great expectations, based on the buzz, but found the film largely unlikable. There was not a single character in the film worth empathy or sympathy -- perhaps Anderson's intent. The whole film was a long, drawn out plodding, disjointed, unapologetic celebration of self-loathing.
Beautiful cinematography. Must-see for Hoffman and Phoenix fans, but others should be prepared to be offended by the characters and to NOT be entertained.
Written July 03, 2015
This movie started out bleakly and got worse. After enduring almost 1 hour, we walked out. When we looked behind us, there were only 3 people who were staying.
Don't waste your time.
Written September 30, 2012
After all the ballyhoo reviews of this movie, we were expecting something wonderful. Ha ha! Joaquin Phoenix is good in his role, but this movie is way too long, there's no plot and it is impossible to care about any of the characters. We are big Phillip Seymour Hoffman fans, but this was the worst movie we've seen in a very long time. Instead of talking about the movie plot afterwards, we compared it to the other bad movies we've seen in the last year or so. Skip it. Wish we had.