Phantom Thread

7.42 h 10 min2017HDRUHDR
HD. Daniel Day-Lewis is a renowned dressmaker in 1950s London whose cloistered world unravels when he falls for a strong-willed waitress.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Day-LewisLesley ManvilleVicky Krieps
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JoAnne SellarPaul Thomas AndersonMegan EllisonDaniel Lupi
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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lorraine blackReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Acting good. Movie boring and ridiculous.
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Whoa. This is one crazy movie. It is all about a very dysfunctional marriage. Spoiler Alert - He is a famous dress maker and she is a waitress. He asks her out on a date which is very weird. After dinner they go back to his place and he asks her to try on dresses. She is having fun until his sister/partner arrives. He now takes her measurements and his sister then smells her. Gets weirder. She then goes to live with them. He is an arrogant a--h--- and is mean to everyone. He must have everything his way, NOW and always. She finally gets tired of being mistreated and poisons him with some poisonous mushrooms. She pampers him till he gets better and then he proposes. They then get married. OK, gets weirder. After some more disagreements, she then tells him she wants to make him sick again so he is again totally dependent on her. He will then get better again and they will continue to love each other. He agrees to this. Sound a little sick? So she cooks him an omelette with some more poisonous mushrooms. He watches her cook and then she watches him eat. This is a very strange scene. Next scene he is sitting in the bathroom puking in a basin, but is happy. She asks if she should call the doctor. He says no and states he only wants her to take care of him. She dreams about their future together. Couldn't get any sicker than their present.
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NYC212Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Complete Disappointment
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I feel like I got hoodwinked into watching 50 Shades of Mushrooms and I want the Scales of Justice to give me back the two hours of my life wasted on this tripe. Some reviewers will rely on the old crutch that anyone who dislikes their favorite movie is incapable of understanding a "great *film*" (don't you dare call it a movie!) - not true. People have different tastes, something that anyone watching a story about a designer should be able to appreciate. I was desperate to see this movie; on paper, it sounded like exactly the type of plot I usually love. I'm incredibly disappointed that it was so awful - mostly because all of the characters are so foul. The movie relied on overdone cliches meant to trigger expectations for a profound film without delivering anything of value - gentle piano music lilting in the background, post-war Europe navigating social and economic change (yes, again), a well respected lead actor delivering almost every line in a quiet monotone as if underscoring something profound, while actually offering nothing. No. It didn't work. The characters were unlikable. Reynolds is entirely detestable - he's an Oedipal, narcissistic control freak who doesn't care about anyone except himself and thinks the entire world exists to cater to his every whim. Alma has a quiet strength that I wanted to like but ultimately a few words of self-defense pale in comparison to tolerating years of mistreatment and disrespect - and this makes her unlikable, too. What she could possibly find to love about Reynolds is incomprehensible and her "solution" to temporarily controlling him is psychotic. Cyril's motivation for tolerating her brother's behavior can be guessed at but is still ultimately inexplicable as she - like everyone else - sacrifices her one and only life to a quietly obsessive, self-absorbed tyrant. Anyone who is a fan of Amazon's wonderful show "The Collection" will be disappointed to find the clothes take a distant back seat in this movie. There are a few generally pretty, 50's made to order gowns but nothing that truly conveys why everyone adores his work. The dresses look like standard high-end fare from that era and lack wow value. Although that, at least at the end, is helpful as we see some of Reynolds' clientele shifting away from his increasingly dated styles toward a new, more vibrant era that he has no ability or interest in understanding. If you want to see annoying characters talk in quiet murmurs for two hours give this movie a shot. Otherwise, save yourself.
57 people found this helpful
Crazy SvenReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Period-Designed Masterpiece for The Film Enthusiast
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Daniel Day Lewis apparently stated that this will be his last film, which is good for him, but he will be sorely missed. I first realized his acting genius in "The Gangs of New York" and the gritty "There Will Be Blood" and he shines in this artistic, yet engaging and visually stunning film. The title may throw some viewers off, especially younger audiences or those who need base-level violent or crude films. This is not a horror movie, in spite of the title "Phantom Thread". In this film, an aging, yet inspired and creative dress designer in 1950s England meets a woman of a lower class, who is well-educated, beautiful and refined in spite of her low rung in the social ladder. The designer is cerebral, tempermental and an effete snob, but his dresses are the rage of high society and royalty alike. The film is a close character study about how opposites attract and the pitfalls of such a relationship. The film is not an action piece by any means, but for the film connoiseur, it is a real treat. There is some Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and some undercurrents of class prejudices that don't end very well, but more than that, the film shows that there is clearly a partner for just about everyone. Ignore most of the negative reviews, since most of them were left by plebeians and youngsters. This film is not for children, unless they have a high IQ or enjoy cerebral films.
30 people found this helpful
JMF12345Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it and recommend it unless you're Marvel film fan
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This isn't for everybody. It's for you if you love masterful acting, beautifully crafted scripts and high production values with a compelling and unusual storyline. If you like Marvel films and Adam Sanders films, stay away from this. It's not superficial or "entertaining." It's impressive on every level and Daniel Day-Lewis is superb as usual. The supporting cast is wonderful. Don't look for a happy ending typical of Hollywood films. This is thought provoking and interesting.
25 people found this helpful
R. BittonReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why did a fine actor like Daniel Day-Lewis agree to participate in this horrible movie?
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My main disappointment is that Daniel Day-Lewis, a fine character actor, agreed to participate in this movie. He hasn't done a movie in 5 years since “Lincoln” and now chose this horrible movie as the last movie of his career? The story doesn't make any sense and is So Contrived!!! It's a story of a very sick and twisted relationship between an eccentric self centered old artist and a manipulative vicious young lover. First a famous fashion designer, a 60 years old bachelor who caters to Royalty, chooses an uneducated plain looking young waitress to be his main Model. Then they become lovers, but he doesn't pay enough attention to her as a person (SPOILER ALERT) so she poisons him to make him feel mortal and desperate, and so he ends up proposing to her. And even after they got married, they are both dissatisfied, so she poisons him again and that makes them get along better, and he welcomes the poisoning. Say what? It is so contrived!
21 people found this helpful
DLReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watched this many, many times!
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I saw Phantom Thread at the movie theater when it first came out and learned immediately that one viewing was not going to be enough for me! So happy I purchased this DVD. I believe I have watched it about 30 times. It's visually stunning. The acting is superb. Some of the storyline is a bit disturbing and I question the decisions of some characters, but I'm able to cast that aside and immerse myself in the the gorgeous setting, period costumes, architecture, and societal norms. If this level of elegance could return as a standard to follow, I would be thrilled. A girl can dream! There are some very nice extra features included, too!
18 people found this helpful
BlossomReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
A sociopath and a Psychopath Walk into a bar... a
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I've heard some really crazy b.s. about this movie being a feminist monument and I cannot imagine where "they" got THAT from. It's ultimately about two mentally unstable people who meet (oh, how "lucky"), see something in which to feed off in the other, who hook-up indefinitely. Does he treat her badly? He's a freakin' DIVA. Of course, he's a selfish, self-absorbed pr*ck. He treats everyone awful. But she won't leave so she get's even as the two embark on a twisted... "relationship" wherin they use different methods to torture and be tortured by one another. Some may find this fascinating but I became bored with this tale as soon as SHE got the upper hand over HIM and he leaned into it. I have had to endure such people for over twenty years, since I bought a house in an "up-and-coming" area. The ONLY difference between the types in the never-ending parade of clowns who've rented on my block and the two creeps at the center of this story is how much money they have/had. Psycho white trash is psycho white trash. After experiencing it all around me for decades I sure don't need to see a story about it. I can't believe this junk was created by the man behind There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights.... Oh, the designer clothes all look like lame 1960s bridesmaids dresses. Yep. UGLY.
3 people found this helpful
Chris HReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow. Not what I expected. Daniel Day Lewis ...
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Wow. Not what I expected. Daniel Day Lewis does it again. Leslie Manville and Vicky Krieps are quite the match for him. Watched several times and will watch again and again. Each scene is stunning and multilayered.
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