Written September 15, 2012
This is an attempt at a masterpiece that goes a great way towards achieving it. The performances are worth the price of admission. The dialogue is excellent. The story is, for the most part, riveting. You'll stare at the screen slightly confused and love it. Things start to get a little too strange towards the end and smatterings of "very odd indeed" throughout, but you can take it. If you want to have seen all the Oscar nominated films and performances, you're going to start here.
Written June 29, 2016
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 August 31, 2015
Possibly the worst film i have evver seen. Acting Philip Seymour Hoffman is always good so is Amy Adams . Hated just about everything about this very disjointed film as did the other 18 people int he theatre.
If you go witht he thought that you might be seeing something slaacious about Scientology or EST you are not going to see anything resembling any cult/belief you have ever heard of . In fact i cant even figure out what "THE CAUSE is perpetuating. Fortunatley for me I paid half price to see it.
Written September 23, 2012
The master was masterful at putting me to sleep. Acting was very good, but the story was hard to follow, even knowing what the story was supposedly about. Maybe i'm just dumb?
Written September 22, 2012
My wife and I Walked out of this film. Totally wasted our evening and money! I guess the only plus was that I guess the film did a good job at protraying what a nut-job this guy was. What was Amy Adams thinking getting involved in such a sick and depraved film. I'm sure there are going to be tons of people who will say they liked it but if you are an intelligent and normal person I wouldn't waste my time....it's disturbing that there are people walking around that would actually enjoy this film and see "beauty" in it. Ugh!!!!