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Phantom Thread (15)

Drama, Romance

Set in 1950's 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.

The critical consensus

In his final film, Day-Lewis reunites with Paul Thomas Anderson to deliver a masterful performance as a society dressmaker beguiled by a young waitress.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/12/2017

A challenging watch, but also jaw-dropping on more levels than it’s possible to count.

*****David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 07/12/2017

On its surface, Phantom Thread may be another film about an exceptionally talented man and the women enthralled in his orbit but, in the masterful hands of Anderson and his cast, it becomes a multi-layered, expertly-observed study of desire, control and the ties that bind.

****(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 29/01/2018

Anderson crafts another classic of obsession and strange love, played by dynamite leads: Day-Lewis retires in style, Krieps is revelatory.

*****Kevin Harley, Total Film, 29/01/2018

Paul Thomas Anderson does gothic romance in prestige Brit picture style, eliciting a worthy final performance from Daniel Day-Lewis that’s admirably matched by newcomer Vicky Krieps.

****(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 29/01/2018

The pleasure here lies in the unpredictability of Paul Thomas Anderson’s approach, his ability and that of his actors to surprise us with every new stitch of the movie.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 31/01/2018

The end result is an incredible, brilliantly acted portrait of a destructive relationship in which the destructive parts might be what make it thrive.

*****Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 31/01/2018

The pin-sharp precision of the dialogue, the magnificent, lilting musical score from Jonny Greenwood and the quality of the performances all combine to create an audacious, spellbinding slice of storytelling.

*****Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 02/02/2018

In what could be his final film role, Daniel Day-Lewis is a perfect fit as a celebrated dress designer in Paul Thomas Anderson’s beautifully realised tale of 50s haute couture.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 04/02/2018

Features about Phantom Thread (15)

Vicky Krieps: 'Phantom Thread is more of a dance than it is a fight'.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 01/02/2018

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday March 9, 2018, until Thursday March 22, 2018. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Sunday April 8, 2018, until Tuesday April 10, 2018. More info:

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