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Magnolia (1999)



Critic Consensus: Critics say Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to the interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.

Movie Info

An intriguing and entertaining study in characters going through varying levels of crisis and introspection. This psychological drama leads you in several different directions, weaving and intersecting various subplots and characters, from a brilliant Tom Cruise, as a self-proclaimed pied-piper, to a child forced to go on a TV game show and the pressures he faces from a ruthless father.more
Rating: R (for strong language, drug use, sexuality and some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Thomas Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 25, 2000
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Tom Cruise
as Frank T.J. Mackey
Jason Robards
as Earl Partidge
Julianne Moore
as Linda Partridge
Melinda Dillon
as Rose Gator
Philip Baker Hall
as Jimmy Gator
William H. Macy
as Donnie Smith
John C. Reilly
as Jim Kurring
Melora Walters
as Claudia Wilson Gator
Michael Bowen
as Rick Spector
Ricky Jay
as Burt Ramsey
Jeremy Blackman
as Stanley Spector
April Grace
as Gwenovier
Henry Gibson
as Thurston Howell
Don R. McManus
as Dr. Landon
Danny Wells
as Dick Jennings
Michael Murphy
as Alan Kligman, esq.
Pat Healy
as Sir Edmund William G...
Genevieve Zweig
as Mrs. Godfrey
Mark Flannagan
as Joseph Green
Neil Flynn
as Stanley Berry
Rod McLachlan
as Daniel Hill
Allan Graf
as Firefighter
Patton Oswalt
as Delmer Darion
Raymond 'Big Guy' Go...
as Reno Security Guard
Brad Hunt
as Craig Hansen
Jim Meskimen
as Forensic Scientist
Christopher O'Hara
as Sydney Barringer
Clement Blake
as Arthur Barringer
Frank Elmore
as 1958 Detective
John Kraft Seitz
as 1958 Policeman
Cory Buck
as Young Boy
Tim 'Stuffy' Sorenen
as Infomercial Guy
Jim Ortlieb
as Middle Aged Guy
Thomas Jane
as Young Jimmy Gator
Holly Houston
as Jimmy's Showgirl
Benjamin Niedens
as Little Donnie Smith
Veronica Hart
as Dentist Nurse No. 1
Melissa Spell
as Dentist Nurse No. 2
Jake Cross
as Pedestrian No. 1
Charlie Scott
as Pedestrian No. 2
Juan Medrano
as Nurse Juan
John Pritchett
as Police Captain
Cleo King
as Marcie
Michael Shamus Wiles
as Captain Muffy
John S. Davies
as Cameraman
Kevin Breznahan
as Geoff/Seminar Guy
Miguel Pérez
as Avi Solomon
David Masuada
as Coroner Man
Neil Pepe
as Officer No. 1
Annette Helde
as Coroner Woman
Lynne Lerner
as Librarian
Scott Burkett
as WDKK Page No. 1
Bob Brewer
as Richard's Dad
Julie Brewer
as Richard's Mom
Nancy Marston
as Julia's Mom
Maurey Marston
as Julia's Dad
Jamala Gaither
as WDKK P.A.
Amy Brown
as WDKK Page No. 2
Meagen Fay
as Dr. Diane
Patrick Warren
as Todd Geronimo
Virginia Pereira
as Pink Dot Girl
Craig Kvinsland
as Brad The Bartender
Patricia Scanlon
as Cocktail Waitress
Clark Gregg
as WDKK Floor Director
Art Frankel
as Old Pharmacist
Matt Gerald
as Officer No. 2
Guillermo Melgarejo
as Pink Dot Guy
Paul F. Thompkins
as Chad (Seduce & Destr...
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Janet (Frank's Assis...
Jim Beaver
as Smiling Peanut Patro...
Ezra Buzzington
as Smiling Peanut Patro...
Denise Woolfork
as Smiling Peanut Patro...
Bob Downey Sr.
as WDKK Show Director
William Mapother
as WDKK Director's Assi...
Larry Ballard
as WDKK Medic
Brett Higgins
as Mackey Disciple Twin...
Brian Paul Higgins
as Mackey Disciple Twin...
Michael "Jocco" Phil...
as Mackey Disciple In M...
Lillian Adams
as Donnie's Old Neighbo...
Steven Bush
as Paramedic No. 1
Mike Massa
as Paramedic No. 2
Dale Gibson
as Paramedic No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Magnolia

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (32)

A wonderful mess.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

What this film may have needed to get on its feet is some honest-to-goodness violence.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

One of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

All the work is top-notch.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Go see it for yourself. And don't be surprised if you want to see it again and again.

Full Review… | July 19, 2014
The Moving Picture Show

As the years pass and we are weathered by universal experiences, the predicaments of Anderson's characters seem less pathetic and more like the plight of everyone we love and admire.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013

Audience Reviews for Magnolia


Magnolia is a very good film by director Paul Thomas Anderson. However I don't believe it is his best like so many critics have pointed out. Anderson would hone his craft in his future work, but with Magnolia we get to see a director creating something unique. Anderson has always been one of the finer directors who are able to craft quality films with great casts of talented actors. Magnolia is a sweeping movie that intertwines the lives of different people into a powerful story. I really loved the film, but I just don't feel that it is Thomas Anderson's best. He would later make the far superior Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood. But Magnolia is a fine film that should appeal to viewers looking for a well directed picture that tells a good story. Is it the sweeping masterpiece that viewers have claimed it to be? No, it isn't, but it is worth seeing, and Paul Thomas Anderson's direction is wonderful and he tells an interesting story that is dark and intense. A theme that seems to pop out constantly throughout the film is finding happiness and hope. Magnolia draws its strength from its captivating performances from the cast, and each brings something wonderful to the screen. Although not perfect, Magnolia is a well executed picture that tells a solid story. This is a must see film for fans of the director, and it is a well paced film that you soon won't forget. The cast is what makes this one overcome its shortcomings, and the best actors here that have impressed me are Julianne Moore, John C. Reilley and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I liked Tom Cruise, but I simply thought he was a bit overdoing it in his performance. Magnolia is worth seeing, but like I previously stated, Anderson would later mature as a director with more interesting films that really pushed the envelope even further.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: A[/color][/font]

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer


A realist and surrealist ambitious work by P.T., Magnolia it's the Short Cuts from the end of 90's and a more serious version of Happiness.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Magnolia Quotes

Donnie Smith: No, it is not dangerous to confuse children with angels.
– Submitted by Jacob M (2 years ago)
Donnie Smith: We may be through with the past, but the past isn't through with us.
– Submitted by Jacob M (2 years ago)
Frank "T.J." Mackey: What am I doing? I'm quietly judging you.
– Submitted by Jacob M (2 years ago)
Stanley Spector: This happens. This is something that happens.
– Submitted by Alec L (3 years ago)

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