Boogie Nights Reviews

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March 28, 2019
A beautifully made survey of '70s excess, filtered through the trashy world of the burgeoning porno film industry in southern California.
January 10, 2018
The pop 1970s were typified in part by cheesy fashions, ephemeral music and a regular diet of daring, cutting-edge movies that arguably made that decade Hollywood's richest. Blistering Boogie Nights recaptures the spirit of that time on all three counts.
February 4, 2010
Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year.
April 27, 2007
Not since the mysteriously reclusive Terrence Malick has there been such an explosion of sheer talent on the American movie scene.
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.
February 9, 2006
In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent.
September 24, 2018
It is remarkable that [Seymour Hoffman] was able to stand out-it's packed with great performances from some of the best of the best: Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Heather Graham, and, of course, Burt Reynolds.
October 30, 2017
The Tarantino comparison is ultimately less about technique than a shared joyful electricity of the filmmaking, the sense of an artist clearly high on the sheer act of making a movie.
September 12, 2017
Nights humanized these actors and made them live beyond their reputations.
January 13, 2017
Boogie Nights is an impassioned and creative portrait of American souls in distress from a young, passionate filmmaker who threw himself headlong into his movies (his follow-up, Magnolia, pushes even further).
July 25, 2012
Unflinching look at porn industry; lots of sex, drugs.
April 8, 2012
One of the quintessential works of the New American Independent Cinema of the late 1990s, which gets better and better as time goes by, as the DVD demonstrates.
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.
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.
January 18, 2010
It has passion to spare. It never slows down. The energy is everywhere. (Blu-ray Edition)
January 18, 2010
...loud, gaudy, profane, thoughtful, and risqu; you can't say it isn't fun in its own exuberant way.
August 20, 2009
Call it the consummate example of director-as-DJ, at least for now.
January 6, 2008
The flashy style cannot hide the slight story.
December 20, 2007
...Paul Thomas Anderson cements his reputation as one of the most gifted filmmakers of his generation...
July 23, 2007
Probably the most enjoyable complete overrated swipe ever made.
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