Written October 01, 2012
Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are brilliant, but that is the only reason to see it. The director jumps from one scene to another, scenes are not connected, and the story is ridiculous. I guess you have to really LOVE this director in order to like this so-called ART movie. My husband and myself, and the people in front of us were all looking at our watches. It was close to torture after about the first hour.
Written June 22, 2017
This is one of those movies that the critics love, the fans hate and it will win an Academy award. You can go now and suffer through it or watch it on DVD and fast forward through it next year although I am not sure it's worth that. Long, depressing, is there a plot? Acting is good and set design is great but I wonder if the actors could have wasted their time on a movie that had a plot and a story worth watching. Yuck!
Written August 24, 2016
With a cast like Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour-Hoffman and Amy Adams, it seems like there's no way the film could go wrong. But there's huge portions in the middle that seem to drag (we were outright bored) and at the end you're left with a "what the hell just happened" feeling. At least it made for a lot of great conversation after the movie just to try and figure it out.
Having said that, Joaquin Phoenix's acting was fantastic, he simply transformed himself into a whole other person. Wouldn't be surprised if he's in the running for Best Actor this year!
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 30, 2012
Maybe because there was a problem with the beginning of the movie. We lost a few minutes of it so when it picked up again it was hard to figure out how he got to the hospital. I know that it was supposed to be based on a real story but, I don't remember it. I feel that it was a bit confusing with the jumping back and forth. While the acting was good the story wasn't. I wouldn't tell anyone to go and see it.