Michael Marino’s review published on Letterboxd:
If I were to describe this film, I would say it was kind of like watching a pretty sadistic modern rendition of an old Abbot and Costello movie from The 1940s.
Dafoe and Pattinson play off one another so fantastically.
The chemistry between the two of them, well, to put it bluntly, is fucking amazing.
Adding on to that, Robert Eggers direction here is just near perfection.
The way he utilized the 1.19: 1 aspect ratio is so vastly unique and beautiful.
It fits perfectly right next to Xavier Dolan's Mommy as being the best usage of that aspect ratio in this past decade.
As for the problems I had with the film, I'll start my critiques on the film's dialogue.
Because I nearly couldn't understand at least half of it.
The next time I'll rewatch this, I'm most definitely going to rewatch it with subtitles at my disposal.
Dafoe and Patterson's accents were so thick in this film.
I mean, Mawtha a'Gawd! Sorry, but this movie makes me want to apologize on behalf of all us from Massachusetts for our notably awful Boston accents.
Anyways thats just really more or less a personal problem I have with the film, it's in no way content-wise.
I mean, it's not like I'm going to beg A24 to ship out all of there DCP prints of the film with hardcoded subtitles on hand.
In conclusion, this film is an absolute must-see. I feel it's going to be pretty divisive when the majority of the Letterboxd/Film Twitter all gets to see it when it goes wide next week.
But hell that's the fun part of movie watching, some people like some, and others don't.