Phantom Thread (2017) - Drama, Romance

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Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis
Length: 130 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 146 out of 477 found boring (30.6%)

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I enjoyed it enough that I watched it twice on DVD.

An intriguing film.

)As a director, Mr. Anderson also lets scenes go on far too long which drags down the film and flatlines his film to a sluggish pace.

Like I understand mental illness is something that affects all of your decisions, but this film drew on this concept so often that the well was dry before a third of the film was over (maybe it was a quarter, it's hard to tell, this movie really dragged hard).

It is a beautifully crafted film but it also goes on too long and does lull in places.

The film is very suspenseful at times and the twist towards the end of the film is very shocking.

Pretentious, exhausting .

There is a by-the-numbers quality to the film that matches Woodcock's personality, and the movie's slow deterioration of his dull relationship with Alma didn't really captivate me.

It is a suspenseful romance film which has never been done before and the fact that you cannot look away from the screen, it proves that this film is the best film of 2017.

I really wanted to love this movie, but it's wont for litanous dialogue and uninteresting situations really put me out of it.

Although it is delicate, the dresses, the photography, and the music, it's still tedious and makes no sense.

I guess it might be enjoyable for someone really into fashion?

Some May Find it Boring; I Found it Riveting .

Sure it was pretty, I liked it it at first but way too long and way too boring.

In fact, the reporter is an intriguing ambiguity.

That being said, what an amazing love story interwoven with extraordinary acting, stunning costumes, a sensational music score and an astounding direction.

The movie has some of the best of the year, the story and everything makes it look like a masterpiece, it is a masterpiece, but it's super boring no matter how the much beautiful and well-crafted the movie was.

His willing submission to her ministrations left me aghast and left me watching their whirling vortex of intense attraction and destruction with increasing apprehension and distaste.

With smooth pacing that moves at a leisurely rate allowing you to examine every aspect of the film without missing a bit of the story, and great performances that are absorbing to watch.

So confusing I am not sure what the ending of the movie was.

Daniel Day-Lewis, in his last film, delivers another breathtaking and masterful performance.

It's not for everyone, but if you enjoy fine acting and are patient enough to let a story unwind, you will find this film engrossing.

That's merely one reason why it's so compelling.

Odd, from the accents to the unexpected story.....

I'm also giving a standing ovation to Anderson's regular composer, Jonny Greenwood, who delivers memorable, stunning music to the film.

This movie is boring and predictable.

The director of this film is equally an enigma, who considers Magnolia his best film, one that I found unwatchable, and an utter waste of time.

I won't pretend that a lot of viewers will like this, as they might find it slow, pretentious, boring, or pointless.

The movie is a well-shot, well-acted, pretentious bore, Give me my 130 minutes back.

Bland, boring and pointless.

was a slow descent into abject insanity and (literal) barn-burning chaos, Phantom Thread is as uptight and dry as an aristocratic dinner party on Ambien.

But Alma loves and feels that she understands the mysterious and exciting genius, and concocts a plan to keep a hold of him forever.

Then, just as it is getting a little too long and self-indulgent, the movie switches gears.

Though lacking focus and with slow pacing, Phantom Thread is a beautifully designed film about differences in a relationship .

Boredom personified .

The fact that it's one of the most riveting, hauntingly beautiful films of the year should come as no surprise.

One day at a regular diner he befriends the seemingly mundane waitress Alma and is fascinated by her handwriting and detail to attention.

What a waste of time and effort because we could barely catch two words of dialogue .

I highly recommend it to film lovers like me.

This was a totally unexpected (and frankly revolting) development that only strengthened my impression that PHANTOM was most definitely not a true love story.

Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the most consistent directors today comes back for another exciting film this time a period piece set in 1950s London.

Original, alluring & thoroughly engrossing, it's a spectacular entry in Anderson's filmography and a fitting end to the greatest acting career of our time.

What keeps you so engaged is the breathtaking cinematography shot on a 35mm camera, the Stand out performances from Daniel Day Lewis , and Vicky Kriceps and also the amazing dialogue which keeps you drowned in the film.

Workaholic in turn allows her to poison him so he could slow down and be bedridden in order to need/love her back.

But overall it's sooo boring.

It's exceedingly slow and difficult to endure.

It's exciting to watch and gives us so much insight into the underlying factors for each character.

Mr. Day-Lewis adds layers to this nebulous character and watching him suffer and fuss is always an enjoyable exercise in moviegoing, one that will be missed.

His sister Cyril (Lesley Manville), who he shares his large residence with, has witnessed her brother's cycle of excitement and boredom with attractive ladies many times before, and quickly sets up plans to remove the poor girl from their home and his life.

To call the film slow would be an understatement.

Vicky Krieps is very beautiful and fit the role very muchthe big down side of the movie is the writing the first half of the movie is amazing u feel like big thing is coming but then nothing happens what?!

The initially-fascinating relationship between a meticulous dress-designer and his muse turns into a shapeless contest of wills, never going to far in any direction.

Like a Victorian-era costume drama, it's all so stodgy and stiff, much of the apparent filmmaking "beauty" and unimpeachable performances went nearly unnoticed by me.

Intriguing enough.

There is an unexpected outcome in the third act that really goes against Woodcock's character, and for me didn't really ring as true.

The character exposition is slow and meticulous, like the effort needed to hand-stitch a fitting dress for a lady; it takes some time and great attention to detail.

Daniel Day-Lewis turns in (yet another) superb performance, completely believable and compelling.

His plot becomes a rather predictable and pretentious mystery that builds little tension or suspense.

Couldn't even finish it, what a bore fest.

It follows a fashion designer called Reynolds Woodcock who is about as fascinating as a character gets.

Great and unpredictable performance once again.

You would be better served watching any Hitchcock film, where the music alone builds up a frenzy of suspense and the fantastic editing of a master makes it even more thrilling.

I wanted to leave after 20 minutes.

Possibly best bit was Daniel ordering his breakfast wondering where he was going to put it all - apart from that I fell asleep at the lacklustre story.

Utterly boring .

Naturally, Day-Lewis is so inherently magnetic that even a fleeting shot of Woodcock fastidiously plucking his nose hairs is (somehow) both riveting and revealing.

But I was the only one of four to say after that I really enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed it.

This is a gloriously staged and brilliantly acted period drama which can feel languid, overdrawn and positively painful.

I was unfortunately bored to death.

Most dreadful and endlessly boring movie made in the last century.

Reynolds Woodcock is as compelling a character as Anderson has ever portrayed, and his legacy is that of a confused, intimidating, and eccentric condition.

He craves control and their unorthodox relationship is destined for both misery and romance, as the slow pacing of the film accentuates a quiet, thoughtful rise and fall.

For those who willing to endure the over two hours of self-indulgent posturing and loathsome, dis-functional bickering, the truly sick abhorrence of the ending may make you holding back your vomit.

The rest of the film was uninteresting.

With an invaluable interpretation of Vicky Krieps and an emotional and sublime farewell to acting of a giant, the film benefits from the onerous and elegant high-class visuals and a passive-aggressive narrative to deliver an absorbing story, with dimensions of perfectionism as exquisite as those of the protagonist, with whom, from a personal point of view, the director/writer raises a representation of his own story; his films are the refined, detailed and tantalizing dresses.

Suffice it that the film chronicles a fascinating, unusual and therefore probably quite representative anatomy of a love affair.

Others more into drama will probably find this a bit too slow-moving, generic and inauthentic, for their tastes.

So boring....

2017's Oscar, Best Picture nominee Phantom Thread, is a beautiful and boring movie!

Engrossing, captivating and memorable pieces of work.

Daniel Day-Lewis gives an absorbing performance as the seemingly impenetrable Woodcock whose firmly ossified and perfectionist world is challenged by the presence of a woman he meets out of pure chance.

I left the theater asking myself too many questions.

Story was engrossing.

I just wish I could have enjoyed it.

So basically my major problem with the film is how much of a bore it truly was.

There are empty pretensions of dress-making as high art, secret messages sown into dresses and haunting memories.

Awful and boring.

His behaviour is childish, self indulgent and precocious.

Waste of time.

Plop Day-Lewis in a frame like that and you immediately have a riveting visual.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has given us an engaging, suspenseful & dramatic film, that is original & not an adaptation, which is a rarity these days.

The most emotionally gripping film I've seen all year, Phantom Thread immediately affixed itself near the very top of my list of favorite films of 2017.

So why did I think it was boring?

Although at first presented as the precious doe who is bound to make the same mistakes as Woodcock's past lovers, we see an unexpected fearlessness as their relationship becomes about power dynamics.

Alma slowly but determinedly becomes her own woman however the role she plays is (maybe intentionally) confusing in the house.

Shot in 3 perf 35mm with Kodak Vision 200T and 500T stocks, the movie looks absolutely stunning and fits the period perfectly.

It could also get very dark and kind of disturbing at times, all in a delightful way and enjoyable through and through.

Or am I overthinking it, and is this just simply, one of the most deft, tight, apt and entertaining character studies of man and woman?

In a generation of predictable plots hits and immediate gratification, this film is a slow churning process that isn't for the novice viewer.

The storyline is somewhat intriguing, too-----until you realize the whole thing is about this Alma chick not getting the attention she needs.

I was bored out of my mind.

I really enjoyed it and would recommend.

I saw the trailer and thought, "this is either going to be really slow or really good.

It can only be described as pretentious nonsense.

Yes it is slow, quiet, and one big part of the story line seems to be making people uncomfortable.

One fails to believe her allure with her bland interpretation of this crucial character.

Will she be able to tolerate his off-the-charts obsessive compulsive disorder and unpredictable mood swings?

The premise itself seems like something that a much older audience will appreciate, but I found myself sucked into this story and honestly on the edge of my seat at times.

Self indulgent waffle - not the film, the reviews .

waste of time .

It rather reminded me of a Henry James novel which is why such are always better depicted on the screen with actors/actresses rather than having to wade through both dull prose and even duller settings as this certainly would have been in 'book form'.

it moves with a pace as slow and precise as necessary.

How Paul Thomas Anderson, the genius behind "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master," can make such a dull, pointless, and horrendous work of filth astounds me.

Actors and actresses were absolutely amazing, the story is twisted, complicated and beautiful and the events are accurate and unexpected.

We simply wanted to leave - physically and mentally - after the first half hour.

Except for a well-written office scene between brother and sister, dialog has an improvisational aura that lacks eloquence, seems contrived, and is just plain boring.

Pretentious twaddle .

Look beyond those trappings and it's a pretty empty story.

It also as well as a fascinating introduction to the art of fashion design.

The story was boring.

phantom thread is one of the most uninteresting.

Nice story, slow.

A slow n non erotic version of Bitter moon with an awesome performance by Day Lewis.

Nothing about it seemed all that intriguing, but I should have known that even the most seemingly dull premise can turn out to be something quite fascinating in the hands of PTA.

She's the least showy of the three, but just as unexpected, and searingly unforgettable.

The need of a desperate woman,with some of her unbearable and botched up justifications,have been attempted to sell as love.

DDL tried his very best to inject some life into his mundane character but the rest of the utterly boring and irritating characters just helped to make him just as irritating as the rest.

The plot was thin as weak broth, and confusing in parts.

His earlier "The Master," a take on the early days of Scientology, represented much more meatier subject matter than what we have here in Phantom Thread-the visually impressive but rather dull tale of an eccentric fashion designer based in 1950s London.

It was just a stunning camera shot.

Save yourself and watch something that won't drain you, bore you, depress you, and leave you less of a person than when you started.

This movie made no sense, it was painfully slow.

So Boring .

I really wanted to like this film but after about an hour I found myself bored, then it became a game of how long I could go before looking at my watch.

Luscious musical score and brilliant portrayal of a hateful person by DDL but really one longed for a deliverance from the unpleasantness, a sense of ambivalence or paradox but no, unrelentingly boring and tedious, with nothing of importance.

Except for giving Daniel Day-Lewis another opportunity to display his remarkable talent, the film is an entire waste of time.

Day-Lewis' performance keeps this character engaging and helps the audience understand him and get behind him.

Acting and soundtrack are alright I suppose, but there is simply no story.

The posters shouted 'breathtaking' the 'phantom' in the title suggested something intriguing and mysterious.

This drama is worth watching just simply due to the powerful acting alone.

Even more so I rooted for Alma though, who's also beautifully played by Krieps, but what's most fascinating about the movie is what a beautiful love story it is.

There are stretches where seemingly nothing happens (in the best possible way), and we get to enjoy the scenery and of course the performances.

A pretentious bore .

And its the contrasting nature of its main characters that makes 'Phantom Thread' the most deliciously suspenseful romantic film of the year.

It's literally a slow-moving affair and only those who like their romantic interludes presented in a lugubrious fashion, will find it compelling.

As for the story, I thought it was very enjoyable.

What a bore .

If there's going to be a film that bores me to sleep, it would likely be that film.

The way PTA work with practical lightning amaze me, tracking shots became even better, close-ups are absolutely stunning and 16mm film gives the movie unrepeatable vibe.

Her performance is spare and engrossing and she trades punches all the way with both Day-Lewis and Manville.

Specific highlights include the opening tour of the Woodcock shop, the tracking shot of Reynolds walking through a party, and a slow zoom in of Reynolds and Alma together.

The key scene is when our intense and precious hero has a prissy fit about butter and asparagus.

Not that the movie was in the obviously bad category, it was just that the story line (or lack of storyline) was going nowhere fast and I was just so bored during the 80 minutes I watched, I figured that I could live with myself for not going back to the final 50 minutes rather than add to the 80 minutes of my life I would never be able to get back!

It is unoriginal, depressingly vacuous, beyond slow, and as entertaining as watching a dishcloth dry.

Dreary, Slow, and boring.

The way things progress is unexpected enough to keep the viewer interested in what is going to happen.

nothing happened, the film was stuck in a loop, much like Reynolds woodcock himself, stuck in his own world, repeating his same mistakes.

It is boring.

Even their first meeting in a cafe feels a bit contrived, it's not conceivable that she could fall for him so easily over a breakfast order, especially one that telegraphs his weird obsessiveness so early on.

It's brave to try to cover the truth with lots of lace and chiffon to make it watchable because the result may be pretentious and boring.

An American-British period romantic drama; This melodrama is poetically scripted and with an unpredictable plot.

The narrative was just confusing enough to keep me a bit uneasy and hanging on to every next word.

Watching Paint Dry .

Still, the long, lingering scenes, the beautiful cinematography, the lovely costumes, are interesting, and often engaging.

So, this is a perfectly enjoyable movie, and after Anderson's last effort 'Inherent Vice,' that is really saying something.

Some of the scenery is beautiful, the costumes are extravagant and the bizarre, meticulous process of 1950's era dress-making for the social elite is a mild curiosity but the story is threadbare and the actors may as well have been cardboard cut-outs for all the prolonged shots of them staring wordlessly at each other.

This is a slow movie about some very strangely damaged people somehow accommodating each other in ways neither my wife nor I could fathom.

Boring in a good way .

This movie is a waste of good acing and time.

Other than enjoying the costumes and dressmaking, I was completely bored.

Sure it is hard to perform in these complex stories, Day-Lewis is the best performer here and his support from Manville is the perfect foil for his character along with the unpredictable nature of Vicky Krieps' Alma.

He meets her right after leaving another woman, it's obvious he hops from woman to woman gets infatuated then getting bored.

This makes the themes and performances of his films noticeably big and memorably intense.

Elegant but tedious .

She's bland in every way - bland looks, bland voice, bland characterization.

Interesting, pretentious and all at once pretty to watch.

He even managed to look bored when supposed to be falling in love.

When i'm watching a film i don't want a lecture and i don't need some director shoving his/her artistic flare down my throat, i'm watching it to get compelling drama, story and character development; that's not what this film has.

The more engaging the screenplay is, the more compelling the performances have to be.

The movie was painfully slow and dull with long awkward pauses between the main characters dialogue.

I enjoyed it.

I kept thinking he was going to kill her or some kind of incredibly unexpected twist was coming.

Which symbolizes certain themes of the film, and main point of the movie while compelling fails to hit you with some sort of impact.

Like many of Anderson's other films, Phantom Thread is quite slow, breezily coasting through snippets and snapshots of the trio's various liaisons - sibling, professional and romantic - and doesn't always settle on a firm message or meaning.

It runs a little slow at times, so if that type of drama isn't your type of movie, you won't enjoy it.

A stunning portrait of love, power and obsession .

This film was flat out boring.

Great acting, boring story, bad directing awful ending, terrible plot .

This film is boring in a good way.

It's fascinating to watch how Reynolds' sister and Alma handle his eccentricities in two entirely different ways.

If You're a "regular American" movie goer, you'll be BORED, and I mean BORED, to death.

It's pretentious, with lingering shots of couples or individuals passing for deep meaning.

Just boring .

I don't mean to be harsh but this movie gives me the same feeling as 2001: A Space Odyssey or Apocalypse Now, and if i got it and made it part of my collection i'd just make me come off like some pretentious art student who wants to come across as DEEP!

Painfully slow and utterly dull .

It is a pretentious film that masquerades as a work of art.

It is complex and multi-layered, with exquisite filming, extraordinary acting, and an engaging narrative.

Should be marketed as a cure for insomnia.

Phantom Thread **Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis reunite after the intense There Will Be Blood with Phantom Thread.

A slow start paves the way for a pretty entertaining, constantly evolving and slightly off-kilter character-study.

One word : BORING .

The costumes and clothing are all stunning.

Sounds dull?

I heard an old dear behind me say, 'well that was far too long.

Loyalty to the script is paramount with the direction painfully slow and purposefully dated, it looks as through this could have been made decades earlier in the directorial style employed here.

Terribly, this old woman was drunk and fell asleep in this brilliant work by Reynolds, who might feel insulted.

The cinema was pretty empty and only a handful of old ladies were in the audience.

Waste of time .

The attention to detail, the use of certain colors, the lush and vibrant photography of the dresses Reynolds makes and the clothes he wears - they're honestly breathtaking.

It's a waste of time .

While the union of Reynolds and Alma is predictable, nearly everything that follows isn't - moving toward a deeply psychological twist for the viewer that's as refreshing as ever.

It has everything anyone could ever want in a movie, wonderful story, brilliant acting, set on a stage that's entertaining and provocative.

Telling a love story of gripping and unusual intensity.

The film is essentially a slow burner, as is the case with most of Paul Thomas Anderson's work, and this allows the audience ample time to understand the mindset of every important character and their motivations.

The dominance of Reynolds is equally fascinating and disturbing to watch and it immediately made me reflect on today's abuse of women in Hollywood which is in the media almost daily with new accusations of sexual assault against people pretty much weekly.

Vicky Krieps is equally engaging in her performance as Alma.

He has a habit of engaging young women as assistants and part-time models, then dropping them when they begin to chafe under his strict, undeviating daily routines.

Apart from that, this is a terrifically boring movie that has absolutely no suspense or interesting factors about it.

Right from the opening shots I was engaged and the brilliant performances, beautiful background music coupled with breathtaking cinematography make this a worthwhile watch if you are in the mood for something slow, something a bit art-y.

Mark Tildesley's production design is stunning, with wonderful sets and backdrops, lavish period costumes by Mark Bridges evoke the era very effectively, and Mr. Anderson's camerawork (yes, he also did the lush cinematography) is fluid and helps to peek interest with his lovely composition and lighting, plus a captivating atonal music score by Jonny Greenwood seamlessly mixes jazz renditions of popular songs and classical elements.

Otherwise, this was a snoozer with a bizarre and idiotic ending.

Similarly, John Sturges's dull comedy "The Hallelujah Trail" was a grave disappointment after "Bad Day at Black Rock" and "The Great Escape", as was Fred Zinnemann's "Julia" after the likes of "High Noon" and "A Man for All Seasons".

'Phantom Thread' is a visually stunning film.

Daniel Day-Lewis is riveting and powerful as the solitary artist unwilling to release control of his own world to surrender to love.

Daniel Day Lewis amazes once again - great film, but slow .

Confusing plot, confusing characters, weird ending, I prayed for the end.

By making the blossoming romance deliberately slow at its inception, the eventual dinner arguments and suspicious meal preparations play out like explosive action sequences and Western stand-offs respectively.

As with all PTA films, I need some time to digest this, but I can say that it's another deeply fascinating, always intriguing film from one of the best in the business.

Still, kidding aside, Lewis best work, and it was truly marvelous, was in My Left Foot, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and The Last of the Mohicans, a remarkable filmography.

Total waste of time, the whole story can be written in less than 2 hours, it's only amazing how one can mange to spend a whole movie saying nothing.

intriguing power dynamics .

By allowing the relationship between the intriguing threesome at the centre of the film to breathe and develop, PTA creates a Chinese water torture effect whereby the true dynamics drip with mystery and are eventually revealed to a surprising effect.

The pacing is very slow and this is the worst part of film.

And while it is not the greatest exit in his illustrious career, it is still a compelling portrait of an artist.

This is a breathtaking, perfect movie from every aspects.

Strange & intense.

It is worth noting that the costume design, unsurprisingly for a film about making clothes, is sublime and Jony Greenwood's score perfectly encapsulates the era of the piece and of course the performances are stunning.

A fascinating vignette of power dynamics set in the couture world of 1950s London, Phantom Thread is another absorbing character study from Paul Thomas Anderson that's masterly directed, expertly scripted, deftly layered, wonderfully photographed, patiently paced & exquisitely performed.

But, without spoiling anything, let's just say that the situation as described gets more and more intense as the relationship between Alma and Reynolds (with a very present Cyril) develops.

Its an unpredictable love-story, with beautiful twists.

In one scene, Alma pours water into a glass painfully slow from high in the air at the dinner table, knowing the noise is driving poor Reynolds out of his skull.

It is truly this year's most well written and fascinating character and I would also call Lewis's performance as the best male performance of the year.

I found this film compelling and fascinating in its portrayal of 3 totally self centred self obsessed characters who in one way or another can't survive without the other.

Pretentious is the word that comes to mind.

That's really the only problem i have with the film, i know it's a pretty minor thing but it greatly effects the pacing of the film and makes it feel dull.

"Phantom Thread," like "Inherent Vice," has a great male lead (in this case Daniel-Day Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix in the other" ) prorating a bland character whose conflict isn't exciting or worth exploring.

Breathtaking NOT .

However, I can't recommend this to everyone; the average American may find this type of film boring and uninteresting, and feel as though nothing happens.

But here partly why it's so compelling is in the way the story is shown.

Many will see this film as pretentious and boring and I can understand that.

In other words, Phantom Thread is a quintessential Paul Thomas Anderson film: a gripping psychological study that will strike some as delightful, and others as depraved.

The attention to detail, the use of certain colors, the lush and vibrant photography of the dresses Reynolds Woodcock makes and the clothes he wears they're breathtaking.

An aggravating and tediously slow storytelling that is about nothing, and goes nowhere, unless happy endings built on sadomasochistic relationships are your thing.

Dull Dull Dull .

Phantom Thread can leave you feeling empty after leaving the cinema, despite watching an amazing directoral and acting set.

Anderson's genius is to create two characters in whom we utterly believe and yet who, by their very eccentricities, remain two of the most strikingly original characters in recent cinema and, of course, he has got stunning performances from both Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps as the lovers in question, (and an equally stunning performance from Lesley Manville as the dragon sister whose bark, it would appear, is worse than her bite).

Mindblowing Depiction Of a Suspenseful Romance .

Woodcock has many of the predictable characteristics of a man with a mother complex: artistic sensibility, narcissism, compulsiveness, irritability, and the inability to maintain long-term relationships with women who never measure up.

The alleged acting swan-song of Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") sees him deliver a brilliantly intense portrayal of a maestro in his craft with all the quirks and egotistical faults that come with that position.

I really like a film like Spike Jones' 2013 film Her, but that movie didn't put me to sleep because there are engaging things in that film and it hooked me within the first 10 minutes.

The tempo is too slow, even for this movie.

But let's discuss the good before I bore you even more than I already have.

Great and unpredictable performance once again.

Pros: A very structured and well-planned story, great acting, an amazing performance by Daniel Day Lewis, fluid dialogue, good use of music, beautiful costumes, and a great endingCons: Very slow pacing, the story may be too mundane for some, and the runtime is overlongOverall Rating: 8.0

From that point onwards, the plot - and Alma's occasional voice-over - continues with the strengthening of that mutual attraction - followed by the gradual disruption caused by Alma's presence at his London business; the displeasure evinced by Woodcock's sister, Cyril, a spinster whom he calls 'my old so-and-so' (Lesley Manville in a low key, but riveting performance); the inevitable attempts by Alma to gain more of Woodcock's attention; her desire to go dancing, his arrogant rejection of such frivolity; the mutual frostiness that begins to cool their ardor for each other; and so on, with other peccadilloes, little by little, until....

And while the pace of the movie will be trying for some (it is really slow), others will cherish it.

Reynolds as an elegant man which means he's pretentious,can be tolerated and is understandable.

In all though, Phantom Thread is a film for a select audience, and it's slow building twisted love story is not something I found to be worth over 2 hours of my time.

dull, weird and pointless .

As is to be expected from the man that has given us some of the great gems of modern cinema, Phantom Thread is another immaculately crafted piece of cinema designed by the original and unpredictable Paul Thomas Anderson and while it may not be the famed director's best work, it's one of the more unpredictable and near unclassifiable experiences of the 2017 awards crop.

The story was for sure profound but as a period piece was both entertaining and educational.

The sorry is slow moving for people to absorb the story.

This movie has both of these men, but left me bored, not entertained and disappointed.

It was the most soulless, painfully boring movie I've ever seen.

Critics have adored this film and heaped accolades on this pretentious movie.

The movie centers around an empty relationship between Woodcock and a beautiful woman that he brings back to London as though he is adding her to his collection.

The soundtrack seemed intrusive and the story was tedious.

This film was fun, witty, and intriguing all in its own quirky way.

Beautifully crafted and psychologically gripping - but stuck in the same cold, empty vein of Anderson's earlier films about men behaving badly.

Anderson knows just how to deploy everything at his disposal - a top-notch cast, Jonny Greenwood's stunning score, and the gorgeous London period setting - to create a mesmerising cinematic experience.

I think that you would really have to have a serious interest in fashion to even waste the time watching this movie.

The dressmaking is boring, there is almost no story line to speak of.

though it is a marvellous piece of motion picture art, its far too slow,and a dumb-stumbling story for john doe..i guess i wouldve had more benefit from watching this film blindfolded,and rather let the musical score tickle my ears to entertain me.

A very subtle and compelling piece of film-making.

Short review, this is an unusual romantic story, story characters had a confusing and oppressive relationship, the movie mostly focused on 2-3 persons, a story about a blame temper genius designer, with his protector sister and his muse lately wife.

Don't waste your time, this movie started out boring and got worse the longer it ran.

Heartless, pointless and boring.

It's the most boring, drifting, lazy score I've heard this year.

There are three words to describe this movie, SLOW, SLOWER, and SLOWEST.

The main question however, is any of this entertaining?

I certainly did not, and found it a deep, and even deeply disturbing, look at a unique type of love fostered by unusual people, told in a compelling, if quiet, way.

Her very rash and dangerous thought process, puts them back together again in an unexpected way.

Shockingly beautiful, interestingly touching and caustically moralizing, "Phantom Thread" by Paul Thomas Anderson is an intense trip through the damaging relationship of two human beings consumed by hate and love, a story which you will only be willing to enjoy if you know the characteristics and constraints of the works from this warhorse.

Right off the bat, it's a disappointment because it's a boring slog; and doubly so because it's Daniel Day Lewis' final cinematic role, allegedly.

Utter bore .

Sad, sad, boringly sad .

So I couldn't understand the strife she put herself through, and the big "reveal" felt really quite pointless and confusing and muddled to me.

Even if it was trying to fall under slow cinema, I've seen much better films where the slowness adds to the experience and is used in the film to great effect.

But it is also ponderous, self-absorbed, and ultimately not very interesting.

The script is solid and stunning as Woodcock's dresses.

It's Manville who steals the show, however; her ever-present Cyril is an intriguing creation, her deference to her brother never fading into a lack of agency.

This a slow, deliberately paced love story and is certainly something of an acquired taste.

A film-oriented feature film, Paul Thomas Anderson in his new slow-moving, unattractive plot film captures the viewer in the beauty of driving, with a handsome costuming and soundtrack, not to mention the marvelous performances.

Having mused on this film for a while now, I still find it simply empty of any real interest for me.

It can be very romantic and rhythmic or agressive and suspenseful, or even all of that at the same time.

Each scene feels truly finely crafted with a level of intense precision uncommonly found in even sophisticated filmmaking today.

This movie is so slow we watched most of the second half of it at 2x, sometimes faster, and it was still slow.

Attention to detail, OCD and having control freak tendencies lays in many personalities which makes it an exciting viewing experience.

The Screenplay is really original and very engaging.

But it is definitely true that he makes Alma look stunning several times over.

so boring...

Despite the film's obvious beauty and solid performances, I couldn't help but find it rather slow, tedious and dull at times.

It reminded me of a film Kubrick would have directed - meandering with confusing purpose and a finale that, although possible not very plausible.

Overall one of the most intriguing movies of the year 9 out of 10.

Amazingly boring .

You'll just have to decide whether your time and money are available for a couple of hours of dull pain.

A sublime film that encapsulates the era with stunning performances .

And the pacing is so boring, so the ultimately thing that dragged it down was the studios choice to give Anderson this to direct.

If Vicky Krieps's Alma character (his lover) wasn't in the film to counter his repulsiveness, I might have left the theater early.

If you're having problems sleeping then this pretentious snooze festival could cure you.

Very boring!

Patience pays though as it is fascinating to follow to see if she can overcome his fragile structured existence so that they can finally, truly fall in love or whether his need to follow his set of rules wins through.

Uninteresting .

Someone I know saw this and hated it, saying it was boring.

Seems like a pretentious artsy wank fest with a pointless plot and insipid characters.

This is a thoroughly boring and meaningless story.

"Phantom Thread" is an artistic, beautifully filmed, masterfully acted, sporadically boring Oscar bait vegetable movie with some hilarious lines from Daniel Day-Lewis.

All around memorable film that is breathtakingly stunning.

Daniel Day-Lewis goes out with a yawn .

In addition the dialog writing is so bland as to be a bromide of mundane stupefaction.

By the end of it I was bored out of my skull.

In fact, it sounds insanely boring and predictable.

But his Reynolds character is borderline unbearable.

Interesting film but slow .

I just want to say that is the worst movie I ever saw

The tired old cliché of the obnoxious arrogant male 'genius' (he makes boring Norman Hartnell-esque creations) finding his (30 year) younger 'muse', a klutz he can boss about while he treats her like a doormat.

As other reviewers have noted, the pacing is plodding and considering the story told, the film could easily have been 30mins shorter without losing anything.

I personally found this film a bit tedious and unengaging( I was a bit bored throughout).

Their strong will, intense romance, breathless moments of pure expression all set in the fashion era of 1950 is very much mindblowing.


It's a beautiful movie, although it's melancholic, but it's worth watching, to see what a well-made movie is in all areas.

When I walked out of the theater after the movie was over I was actually ticked off.

It may seem a little slow in the beginning but it is well worth watching.

And with this comes a fascinating back-and-forth over who will dominant their relationship.

Another fascinating work from the master .

Great acting and very solid writing and directing carries this slow burning melodrama .

Daniel Day Lewis disappears into the character (as he so often does) of master dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock, down to the fine mannerisms (watch how he holds the pins, or the way he touches a fabric) to the physicality of the character, and is absolutely riveting to watch.

He is riveting as always.

From that point onwards, the plot - and Alma's occasional voice-over - continues with the strengthening of that mutual attraction - followed by the gradual disruption caused by Alma's presence at his London business; the displeasure evinced by Woodcock's sister, Cyril, a spinster whom he calls 'my old so-and-so' (Lesley Manville in a low key, but riveting performance); the inevitable attempts by Alma to gain more of Woodcock's attention; her desire to go dancing, his arrogant rejection of such frivolity; the mutual frostiness that begins to cool their ardor for each other; and so on, with other peccadilloes, little by little, until....

Bottom line: a very technical and artistic study on a rather boring subject and some unrelatable people.

I, for one, just found it boring at best and pretentious at worst.

Once again, Daniel Day Lewis as "Reynolds" captivates his character to a new level yet the movie itself is a little slow and doesn't hook the audience as much as it could.

Pretentious comes to mind.

Also there are marvelous shots that the editor skips to put a plain old boring shot reverse shot.

Realistically, nothing happened at all for what felt like 5+ hours.

Aloof at times but riveting throughout, bolstered by Day-Lewis (in reportedly his final acting role) who as expected completely immerses himself in the skin of a complex character who alternates between admirable and contemptible.

Sorry Daniel, but this was dull,dull, dull.

What was unexpected was how funny the film was.

It's a strange love story, but engaging none the less and Daniel Day Lewis is indeed excellent.

Enjoyable for the style, acting and mystery .

All performances are good particularly Day Lewis but I felt the film to be a little dull in places and not sure where it would go.

The worst movie I've ever suffered through, and that includes many of the ones lampooned on "Mystery Science Theater 3000.


But I think we have reached a point in film cricitism where a highly acclaimed film at the same time can be dreadfully slow, boring, and void of an interesting plot.

The last 15 minutes of the film is just a very slow fade into an ending that left me flat and unsatisfied.

Anyway the movie was nonsensical and boring as a 5 year old's Christmas pantomime - whoever's in them or directs, dead or alive - invariably are.

Some scenes felt unnecessary and dragged on.

They are either understatedly heard in the background, appropriate for a gentle piece like Faure's Berceuse, or like characters of their own that enhance the intense mood of the scene in question, such as the Schubert and especially the Debussy (made to sound easy by the performance of the quartet, when it's actually a nightmare, Debussy in general is hard having sung many of his songs and he can be unforgiving to vocalists).

I mean SO BORING - the two stars are purely for the costumes

It is a beautiful movie to watch, but can be slow at times, focusing on personalities, not actions.

but you're a yahoo if you don't"; when I saw it, I found it a self-indulgent artistic polemic against self-indulgent artistic polemics.

Way too plodding.

An empty dress .

Found it mostly boring .

Immersed in this female-objectification culture, his criteria of muse-selecting is strictly physical, which explains why he lays his eyes on the apparently inept Alma in the first place and conducts a sensuous measuring rite of initiation on her under the cold gaze of his sister Cyril (Manville), who oversees his affluent business.

Stunning Dressmakers and Their Muse Also Get The Blues .

To make Alma an ambiguous character with vague motivations was an intriguing choice, and while it will no doubt frustrate viewers and will be considered a flaw it came over very well and only added to the realistically complicated dynamic of her relationship with Reynolds.

The suspenseful direction of Anderson attracts the focus of the audience until the last minute, and Day-Lewis simply shows why he is one of the greatest actors of all time.

On average that was a great film with some unexpected suprise.

He is one of the best tailors in the world, totally dedicated and immersed in his art.

The repetitive center on Reynold Woodcock (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) is that which Kubrick often times used and for the viewer for very little gain.

Top performance when it comes to acting and directing and cinematography but there has to be a story and there was no story , very sad this movie has to be Day Lewis final film , what an end to such an epic career.

I don't want to waste any more word to review it as I just walked out right away and refuse to waste any second.

Then imagine, the spool falls to the floor, maybe tumbling down a flight of stairs or bouncing down on the carpet; the strands explode from their homogeneity becoming tangled as they travel through their unexpected journey.

In Phantom Thread, Day-Lewis is caressed by PTA's quite stunning camerawork (not only did he write and direct the movie, he is its cinematographer to boot) in a way that is usually reserved for leading ladies.

I am THE demo for this movie: Boogie Nights, The Master, Unbearable Lightness, Age of Innocence, There Will Be Blood....

DDL may be a great actor, but this film was just boring.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson and the prized Daniel Day-Lewis reunite after they're teaming on There Will Be Blood for this charming, fascinating story about relationships, gender roles, control and perhaps to an extent, fetish.

This is an intriguing portrayal of an imbalanced power dynamic.

This was the worst movie I've seen in quite some time.

I made it through two hours and walked out.

Given that the premise at first glance is rather uninteresting, but while viewing the movie it's actually quite engaging.

No story - no interesting plot - just boredom.

This has to be the most boring, dreary movie ever.

The trailer was incredibly intriguing and I had recently watched the other Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson collaboration, There Will Be Blood, in order to prepare for this film and I was astounded by it.

Well-filmed Pretentious Bore .

Tedious music score.

We never learned anything significant about them, but by the end I didn't care because their actions were pointless and empty, meant to impress the inexperienced.

Phantom Thread also seems to suffer from the same slow build-up that There Will Be Blood had.

Phantom Thread review: it's boring.

Paul Thomas Anderson is a director whose films in recent years have become increasingly insensitive, objective yet distinguished, oft-times leaving an empty feeling as you leave the cinema.

Arguably the most boring film ever made.

BUT it's a painfully slow and boring drag from one awkward moment to another.. and another.. No likeable or even relatable characters either.

The more the audience regards the dialogue, the more engaging the screenplay has to be.

Romantic movies, as a genre, is fairly predictable in the aspects of love it portrays.

Yet, he is compelling to watch, as he is here, inhabiting this complex character.

We get many tight face shots of her earnestness and vulnerability, and it's fascinating to watch her eyes narrow as her hurt rejection turns to anger.

Nothing happens in this movie until there is an argument at a the dinning table.

One of the worst movies I've seen.

But for the whole pretentious "film" crowd, concern with plot is viewed as somehow indication that one doesn't really grasp a directors "vision" or that one doesn't grasp that "film" should not be judged like a play.

"Boredom, bad 90's art-house and actors and a director trying to channel an hallucinating David Lynch I smiled.

While some might criticize the film for being slightly slow at times, patient viewers will find much to savor--and commend--here.

Bland, Dumb Dread.

With a tone reminiscent of a classical romantic drama with Gothic and even some Shakespearean undertones, the tightly but grippingly paced drama that unfolds is both entertaining and enthralling for its audience.

In fact, "Phantom Thread" would make a nice double feature with "Lynn" - where the "plot" sees the titular girl just beginning to develop some sense of self-worth and finally daring to make her own decisions - in "Phantom Thread", Alma is a full-fledged force of nature, forcing herself into the Woodcock household and finally whittling down Day-Lewis' driven Reynolds to manageable size and form while keeping peace with his difficult sister (a very silent but intense performance by Lesley Manville).

One of the most boring and on the whole, one of the most awfully written movies ever made, I am surprised how "Phantom Thread" is in the 2017's top 10 list of National Board of Review.

Instead, it does something just as unexpected and I'm not as thrill about the second half.

Pointless and bleak, the performances don't even matter.

A nice dull boring yarn to put you to sleep.

It's slow paced and I think that a lot of folks out there may find it tedious or un-engaging.

Anderson fills this film with stunning long takes accompanied with silence and writes an intriguing script that includes interesting characters and dialogues that doesn't lose your attention throughout.

"Phantom Thread" is a boring snoozer that should be completed avoided.

Most children and teens will be bored out of their minds.

The film does hav repetitive trope of breakfasts for foodies.

The other two leads are equally compelling and inscrutable in their own way.

Pretentious is when M.

" Come to think of it, that might be an appropriate venue for future screenings of this pretentious bore.

If you have trouble sleeping, chuck this yawn on.

The clothes are elegant and evocative of that glamorous period.

Daniel day lewis, the "empty vessel" of the acting profession, comes up short here.

Boring, slow, tedious, pointless, just a total waste of time.

There's no denying that both Day-Lewis and Ms. Krieps were brilliant in their portrayals, though in the end, the story itself came across as rather pointless.

It was incredibly boring and the so called romance is abusive and annoying to watch.

Phantom Thread is a slow film, I feel like I must warn you.

I found this film oppressive and dreary.

I went to see this movie with my brother who doesn't like this kind of movies(drama,romance etc) cause he is getting bored after sometime.

His climactic scene: "She's turning us against each other" was tedious as he already had the revelation of love; it's going over the same bump twice.

Don't waste your time on this!!!!

It's fascinating to watch this unfold.

Manville's portrayal of Cyril, Reynolds' sister, was highly enjoyable (indeed, I think her's was the only character I liked).

A Stylish, Elegant, Artistic, Bore .

While the movie was well acted and well put together with interesting camera work and novel use of even the most mundane sounds (such as the amplified scraping of butter on toast transforming the scene at breakfast), a character study simply does not work if you can't relate to the characters.

During the film you are always waiting for sth but nothing is happening , so boring and eventless, give my 2 hours back...

Paul Thomas Anderson focuses in the characters and the atmosphere and he does a stunning job as always.

A brilliant mediation on dependency, possessiveness and trust, Phantom Thread is an intriguing drama that tricked me into being thrilled.

Tedious main character played by Daniel Day Lewis was so irritating that I'd've clouted him if he spoke to me like he spoke to the women in the film.

The setting of the film and Fitzroy square architecture seemed fascinating, though.

The story was quite boring.

A great and engaging story line and a surprise find for me as their was no prior knowledge of the movie.


Contorting into the most inappropriate circumstances and slyly bending them to work in her favour, Krieps' eerie, ethereal pleasantness is as haunting as it is unpredictable.

The battle of a feisty and rebellious youngling and an established but moody oldtimer is probably the most exciting thing about Phantom Thread.

Although her methods are extreme and worthy of thriller status, the latter half of the film loses the excitement as it relies on formulaic circumstances of whether someone will die or not from the intrigue.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .

Surrounded by people as stodgy and proper as he is, Mr. Woodcock's life takes a different turn when he hooks up with a waitress (Vicky Krieps).

" If only the endless, repetitive scenes of characters walking up and down the fancy-dancy staircase had been mercifully edited out, then it might have been closer to 90 minutes of my life I can't get back.

Don't waste your time .

The acting, writing, and cinematography are practically perfect, and save the movie from sheer boredom.

"Phantom Thread" (2017) is a very slow paced drama.

The establishing sequences, accompanied by a mellowed, languid version of instrumental "My foolish heart", shows Reynolds at work, a fashion designer in the 1950s at the top of his profession, and also a perfectionist.

As always, Day-Lewis is riveting.

Insert attempts at poisoning, strange outings to New Year's Eve Balls, and stunning views of England, the countryside and the extravagant homes of the wealthy and the result is a treat for the eyes as well as a challenge for the intellect and for credibility.

This movie is pretty much a waste of good talent money and time.

During his tirade against her, Reynolds admires his own gallantry for even entertaining such poorly prepared asparagus, informs her he doesn't need her, and when fully convinced she is part of a cabal against him, asks to see her gun.

The whole scene during that breakfast was one of the most pretentious, illogic, awkward scenes that any good director won't try to force down the throats of the audience.

That is because i think of a very solid writing (not the story itself, only writing) which was involving, good directing (movie is very well paced given the "boring" plot) and superb acting by two / three leads.

It is one of those movies that would stay with you, long after you have left the theater.

Daniel Day Lewis's performance has been referred to as, Shakespearian but in truth this one note and repetitive rant is more akin to a Punch and Judy show.

The drift of the drama is nicely paced but in certain parts, the editing could have been done more optimally because I felt the momentum was lost during the extended scenes that were slower in pace.

It's both prominent and intricate, with stunning piano work that stands on its own.

Seldom has such a cauldron of tumultuous emotions been conveyed with such irreverent gentleness and loveliness, but Phantom Thread is a gleeful masterpiece of the unexpected, traversing its formidable cultural critique, ravaging character study, and philosophical treatise on gender, power, and compatibility with deadpan teasing and disarming sweetness.

However if you let it, it can show you something unexpected.

For many years the movie that most offended me, as an utter waste of my viewing time, was "Titanic.

But if you don't have anything to say about human beings, you are going to bore people.

Anderson has created a fascinating and wonderful work of art here which many may not get.

Really, there are only three characters who matter: an intense, controlling dress-maker (Daniel Day-Lewis), his steady, all-business sister (Lesley Manville) and his young, headstrong new muse (Vicky Krieps).

Anderson creates a world like a rich, plush Persian rug: colorful, complex, ordered and yet intriguing.

It was tedious as fuck, it was easily the most screwed up love story I've seen since Gone Girl, and it was the final installment in 2017's barrage of brilliant filmmakers making movies about the plight of the genius artist and the torment of being their muse.

A slow start paves the way for a pretty entertaining, constantly evolving and slightly off-kilter character-study that is structured around a series of scenes collated together to form a rather well-painted portrait of its central unhealthy relationship, rather than a more traditional narrative with a beat-by-beat plot or conventional character arcs.