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: 147 out of 466 found boring (31.54%)

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I was bored out of my mind.

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.

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

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

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.

The rest of the film was uninteresting.

Telling a love story of gripping and unusual intensity.

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

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.

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

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

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.

I made it through two hours and walked out.

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

But his Reynolds character is borderline unbearable.

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.

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.

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

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

To call the film slow would be an understatement.

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

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

Another fascinating work from the master .

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.

Sad, sad, boringly sad .

Amazingly boring .

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

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

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

The story was boring.

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

Way too plodding.

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

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

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.

This is a breathtaking, perfect movie from every aspects.

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

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.

Great and unpredictable performance once again.

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

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

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

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.

No story - no interesting plot - just boredom.

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

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

In fact, the reporter is an intriguing ambiguity.

)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.

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

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.

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

So boring....

An empty dress .

This film is boring in a good way.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Breathtaking NOT .

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Waste of time.

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

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

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

Nice story, slow.

What a bore .

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

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

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 enjoyed it.

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

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

Boredom personified .

What was unexpected was how funny the film was.

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

Its an unpredictable love-story, with beautiful twists.

This movie is boring and predictable.

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

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

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

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

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.

I found this film oppressive and dreary.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

I really enjoyed it and would recommend.

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

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

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.

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.

This movie made no sense, it was painfully slow.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

I really enjoyed it.

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).

Daniel Day-Lewis goes out with a yawn .

This is a thoroughly boring and meaningless story.

His behaviour is childish, self indulgent and precocious.

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

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

dull, weird and pointless .

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.

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

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

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.

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

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".

The film does hav repetitive trope of breakfasts for foodies.

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

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.

One word : BORING .

Awful and boring.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Found it mostly boring .

Some scenes felt unnecessary and dragged on.

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.

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

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

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.

So why did I think it was boring?

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.

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

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

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'.

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

phantom thread is one of the most uninteresting.

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.

It's a waste of time .

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.

Arguably the most boring film ever made.

A stunning portrait of love, power and obsession .

An intriguing film.

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.

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

It was just a stunning camera shot.

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

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.

Vicky Krieps is equally engaging in her performance as Alma.

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

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.

This film was flat out boring.

Waste of time .

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

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

In fact, it sounds insanely boring and predictable.

Phantom Thread review: it's boring.

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

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

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

No, I'm sure there are plenty of people that'll find this boring or unimportant, and while I can understand that, this is more of a thinking man's film.

'Phantom Thread' is a visually stunning film.

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.

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

Should be marketed as a cure for insomnia.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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


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.

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!

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.

"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.

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

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

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

Utterly boring .

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

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

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

A Stylish, Elegant, Artistic, Bore .

The costumes and clothing are all stunning.

Very boring!

Painfully slow and utterly dull .

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

Bland, boring and pointless.

Just boring .

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.

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

Uninteresting .

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

But the movie itself is a bit slow and at a certain point you wait for it to end.

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....

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

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

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.

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

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).

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

A sublime film that encapsulates the era with stunning performances .

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

He is riveting as always.

The main question however, is any of this entertaining?

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

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

Intriguing enough.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

The story was quite boring.

Bland, Dumb Dread.

waste of time .

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.

intriguing power dynamics .

The clothes are elegant and evocative of that glamorous period.

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.

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

This movie is a waste of good acing and time.

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

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

Mindblowing Depiction Of a Suspenseful Romance .

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).

Boring in a good way .

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.

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

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.

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

Story was engrossing.

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

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

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

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

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.

so boring...

All around memorable film that is breathtakingly stunning.

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

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

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

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

Pretentious is when M.

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

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.

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

Watching Paint Dry .

It's exceedingly slow and difficult to endure.

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

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

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

A pretentious bore .

The Screenplay is really original and very engaging.

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.

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

I highly recommend it to film lovers like me.

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.

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

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

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


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

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

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.

It can only be described as pretentious nonsense.

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

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.

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

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

But overall it's sooo boring.

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

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).

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.


Pretentious twaddle .

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

It is boring.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Great and unpredictable performance once again.

I was unfortunately bored to death.

Pretentious comes to mind.

It's fascinating to watch this unfold.

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.

Dull Dull Dull .

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

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?!

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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....

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.

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.

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

Pretentious is the word that comes to mind.

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.

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

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

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

Stunning Dressmakers and Their Muse Also Get The Blues .

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).

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.

Well-filmed Pretentious Bore .

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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 biggest negative the film had for me was it's length, it's a little over 2 hours, but the pace is so slow that it feels like 3.

One of the worst movies I've seen.

Interesting, pretentious and all at once pretty to watch.

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.

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 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.

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

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

Sounds dull?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

I just wish I could have enjoyed it.

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

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.

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.

Dreary, Slow, and boring.

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.

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).

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

Utter bore .

Dull movie.

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.

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

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

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

This is an intriguing portrayal of an imbalanced power dynamic.

Elegant but tedious .

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

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.

Tedious music score.

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.

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

The soundtrack seemed intrusive and the story was tedious.

I left the theater asking myself too many questions.

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

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

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

As always, Day-Lewis is riveting.

Pretentious, exhausting .

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Engrossing, captivating and memorable pieces of work.

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

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

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

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

A nice dull boring yarn to put you to sleep.

Heartless, pointless and boring.

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.

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

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

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

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

Don't waste your time .

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Some May Find it Boring; I Found it Riveting .

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

I wanted to leave after 20 minutes.

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

The tempo is too slow, even for this movie.

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.

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.

Interesting film but slow .

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

" 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.

So Boring .

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

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.

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

Enjoyable for the style, acting and mystery .

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.