Ebert gave this thing 2 1/2 stars. I think the truth lies somewhere in between Ebert and Rolling Stone.
The movie meanders along and has its enthralling moments, but I never felt like I was completely with it, and as "funny" as it is I only chuckled, I think, twice. Its funny all right. One thing I like about PT is his movies will seem to be meander and then really tie things up at the end - often in one final brilliant scene. This move didn't have that end - it didn't seem to have a real end at all. There were several times before then ending that it could have ended and it would have ended just as unsatisfyingly satisfactory.
I'm sure that it will have its rabid fans in the coming months though who will really dig into it, the visual symbolism that's all over it, some of it I caught, some of it I'm sure I missed.
For the "film" crowd, its definitely a must-see, but all others will probably be happier at something else.
I was struck by how, at times, Phoenix's face and expressions really matched Lewis' from PT's previous movie. Like, scary - and also I'm thinking sort of intentional. Both characters were strong and unpredictable, even frightening, but whereas Lewis was razor-sharp intelligent, Phoenix is probably just a few IQ points higher than Gump.
I don't know. I'm torn. Good movie but not quite reaching the heights of BN or TWBB.
Better than Punch Drunk, not as good as Magnolia, Boogie or TWBB.
It's just good, no better no worse, and honestly only worth watching for Joaquin/Hoffman, which is every bit as impressive as you've heard. If it weren't for the performances it wouldn't be worth seeing at all. A noble disappointment.