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.

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


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Critic Reviews for Magnolia

All Critics (143) | 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


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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

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