plebeian’s review published on Letterboxd:
Worth seeing for the performances of Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and a very good Amy Adams - who deserves an Oscar for supporting actress - alone.
The contrast between Freddie Quell (Phoenix) and Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), the dual nature of their personalities, is used to examine the nature of the master-servant relationship in society, the impulse to and appeal of cult.
This is the kind of movie that needs to be viewed more than once in order to fully digest its themes and narrative and visual motifs, but it's completely enthralling even when it's uncomfortably ethereal.
Finally, the score, cinematography, and editing combine fantastically. PTA done good.
Easily my favorite 2012 release so far.