Boogie Nights Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
July 25, 2012

Unflinching look at porn industry; lots of sex, drugs.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 7, 2010

An epic story of self-delusion with a skill and grace that many more experienced filmmakers would be hard put to match.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010

Comparisons are invidious, but inescapable: Boogie Nights is the most stunningly accomplished, attention-grabbing movie by a sophomore director since Pulp Fiction.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
February 4, 2010

Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year.

Full Review | Original Score: A
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 18, 2010

...loud, gaudy, profane, thoughtful, and risqué; you can't say it isn't fun in its own exuberant way.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 6, 2008

The flashy style cannot hide the slight story.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 20, 2007

...Paul Thomas Anderson cements his reputation as one of the most gifted filmmakers of his generation...

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007

Probably the most enjoyable complete overrated swipe ever made.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
April 27, 2007

Not since the mysteriously reclusive Terrence Malick has there been such an explosion of sheer talent on the American movie scene.

JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 25, 2006

Aaaaw man, P.T. sure loves to move that camera around, and as a MAJOR fan of the general look and feel of movies, I totally got into his groove.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
Variety
Top Critic
May 1, 2006

Considering the potentially explosive nature of the yarn, set in the porn world, Anderson's strategy is remarkably nonjudgmental and nonsensationalistic, largely due to his love and respect for all the characters and his impressive storytelling skills.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wally Hammond
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 30, 2005

Anderson eloquently blends these characters together for a tantalizing seriocomic medley. He keeps his proceedings glossy and tantalizing, while steady and harshly real.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
August 14, 2005

This film will hit a huge chord with those who weren't in diapers in the 70's, but people who missed the era should find penty to enjoy as well.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005

An original film about a little-done subject, providing good acting and an interesting story.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Patrick Byrne
Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004

I would be lying if I said that Boogie Nights is anything but a perfect movie; at the very least, it is a film that delivers everything I am looking for in a film.

Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003

Anderson creates a strong ensemble piece that explores the reasons and motivations people got into making porn.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003

Boogie Nights never exactly recovers the tightness of its first hour, but it certainly doesn't descend into permanent disorganization as some critics have charged.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002

...scrupulous about presenting these guileless, sad creatures to the point that they seem less than interesting.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

Director Paul Thomas Anderson is unsparing with his deluded characters and their giddy, chaotic age -- but he is never cruel.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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