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‘Inherent Vice’ Reviews: Is Reese Witherspoon’s New Movie A Must-See?

Fri, January 9, 2015 6:58pm EDT by Add first Comment
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Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon return to the big screen in ‘Inherent Vice’, a trippy new ’70s noir film from director Paul Thomas Anderson. The reviews are in!

The highly anticipated flick Inherent Vice is finally in theaters! Featuring an all-star cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and more, Inherent Vice is already getting rave review from the critics. See what they have to say right here!

‘Inherent Vice’ Reviews: Is Reese Witherspoon’s New Movie A Must-See?

It’s the weekend, so what movie should you see? The critics are sounding off, and they’re obsessed with Inherent Vice. Take a look at our review roundup.


Like a match made in high-minded artistic heaven, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood) takes on a novel from elusive author Thomas Pynchon and turns its noir detective tale into a hilariously subversive deconstruction of ’60s-era culture (and counter-culture). While the film will have very limited appeal for casual moviegoers, Inherent Vice is great genre entertainment for intellectual and/or cinephile types.

Chicago Tribune

It takes a genuine film artist to create an alternate-reality version of a familiar place — real enough to make us feel we’ve been there, or somewhere near there, unreal enough to push it over the edge of familiarity and even sanity. Sorry, must be the dope talking. But this is what writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has done with “Inherent Vice,” an exasperating shaggy dog of a noir goof, nearly 21/2 hours in length, based on the relatively compact 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel.

Los Angeles Times

Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s trippy, trenchant satire, is very much a creature of Thomas Pynchon’s biting deconstruction of the final daze of peace, love and understanding that gives the film its inspiration and its name. Joaquin Phoenix and the terrific acting ensemble that joins him in this pot-infused ’70s-era beach noir create such a good buzz you can almost get a contact high from watching.

Rolling Stone

Inherent Vice is packed with shitfaced hilarity, soulful reveries, stylistic  ingenuity and smashing performances that keep playing back in your head. It may not demand repeat viewings, but it sure as hell rewards them. It’s the work of a major talent.

So HollywoodLifers, will you go see Inherent Vice? Let us know!

— Tierney McAfee

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